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A longitudinal study of self-control at the transition to secondary school: considering the role of pubertal status and parenting

Ng-Knight, T; Shelton, KH; Riglin, L; Mcmanus, IC; Frederickson, N; Rice, F; (2016) A longitudinal study of self-control at the transition to secondary school: considering the role of pubertal status and parenting. Journal of Adolescence , 50 pp. 44-55. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.04.006. Green open access

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Abstract

Higher self-control in children and adolescents is associated with a range of positive outcomes in adulthood. However, little is known about the naturalistic development of self-control during early adolescence and the factors that affect this. We examined the role of puberty and parenting style as theoretically important influences on stability and change in self-control. A longitudinal (3 waves), multiple-informant dataset of children entering early adolescence (M =11 years) was used to explore longitudinal change in self-control using latent growth curve modelling. Children’s self-control declined during the one-year study period and declines were associated with children’s behavioural and social functioning. Associations with self-control were found for pubertal status and parental warmth and hostility, but not for parental discipline. The findings suggest that during early adolescence, when children make the transition to secondary school, self-control declines. This is particularly the case for those experiencing puberty earlier than their peers. Parent warmth influences the trajectory of self-control during this period.

Type: Article
Title: A longitudinal study of self-control at the transition to secondary school: considering the role of pubertal status and parenting
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.04.006
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.04.00...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016. This manuscript version is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0. . Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: Parenting, puberty, self-control, self-regulation, psychological adjustment
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1485895
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