Perceived Economic Strain and Psychological Well-Being: The Mediational Role of Parental Relations in Turkish Early Adolescents


UÇANOK Z., Gure A.

JOURNAL OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE, vol.34, no.6, pp.685-711, 2014 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0272431612450948
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.685-711
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

This study primarily aims to explore the association between perceived 
economic strain, parent-adolescent relational qualities and psychological 
well-being and to investigate the dyadic parental relationships during early 
adolescence. A total of 414 adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14 (M=  
12.58,  SD = .90) from three different socioeconomic status groups were in -cluded. Adolescents from low socioeconomic status families reported more 
parental conflict and in terms of dyadic relations, both boys and girls perceive 
more positive communication and less conflict with their fathers. Our find-ings have shown that the quality of adolescents’ relationships with parents 
partially mediate the association between perceived economic strain and 
psychological well-being. Although findings related to dyadic relations indi-cated more positive relationships with fathers than with mothers, it seems 
that the mediational role of maternal outcome is relatively more powerful 
on the association between perceived economic strain and the life satisfac-tion and self-worth of Turkish adolescents.

This study primarily aims to explore the association between perceived economic strain, parent-adolescent relational qualities and psychological well-being and to investigate the dyadic parental relationships during early adolescence. A total of 414 adolescents between the ages of 10 and 14 (M=12.58, SD=.90) from three different socioeconomic status groups were included. Adolescents from low socioeconomic status families reported more parental conflict and in terms of dyadic relations, both boys and girls perceive more positive communication and less conflict with their fathers. Our findings have shown that the quality of adolescents' relationships with parents partially mediate the association between perceived economic strain and psychological well-being. Although findings related to dyadic relations indicated more positive relationships with fathers than with mothers, it seems that the mediational role of maternal outcome is relatively more powerful on the association between perceived economic strain and the life satisfaction and self-worth of Turkish adolescents.