Revista INFAD 2012


Nº1, Vol. 1, pp. 469-478 doi:  en trámite
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Estilos educativos parentais e comportamento antissocial na adolescência

Maria da Luz Vale Dias / Lúcia Martinho / Graciete Franco-Borges
/ Piedade Vaz-Rebelo. pp. 469-478


Juvenile antisocial behaviour seems to have increased in recent decades in frequency and severity.
In order to contribute to the clarification of the family factors involved in this phenomenon, in particular with regard to the understanding of developmental deviant trajectories, the present study aims to analyze the role of parenting styles in adolescent antisocial behaviour. To achieve our main goal we used a sample of 100 Portuguese adolescents, aged between 12 and 19 years old, from the centre region of Portugal. The data collection instruments were the Portuguese Scale of Parental Educational Styles-version for children and the Portuguese adaptation of the Self – Reported Antisocial Behaviour – SRA. Using a Socio-demographic Questionnaire, information was also collected on the individual attributes and contextual variables (e.g., age, school grade, gender, family structure and parents’ profession). Our results point to an inverse relationship between positive parenting style and adolescent antisocial behaviour. Furthermore, results revealed that there are no differences in the perception of parenting styles considering socio-economic status or age. However, these variables show an effect on certain deviant behaviours. Some implications for intervention/prevention programs focusing on deviant behaviour are discussed.
Keywords: Parenting styles, Antisocial behaviour, Adolescents.

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