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Head of The European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context
Vol. 7. Num. 2. 2015. Pages 59–65

Peer-group mediation in the relationship between family and juvenileantisocial behavior

[Mediación del grupo de amigos en la relación entre familia y comportamientoantisocial juvenil]

Cutrín, Olalla Gómez-Fraguela, José Antonio Luengo, María Ángeles University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the effects of the variables related to family functioning (parentalmonitoring, family support, and family conflict) on juvenile antisocial behavior either directly or indirectlythrough the choice of deviant friends. Thus, the sample consisted of 764 adolescents from theAutonomous Community of Galicia (Spain), from juvenile offender centres (mean age = 17.12, 87.4%males) and students from local schools (mean age = 16.06, 45.5% males). The scales of Valoración delRiesgo en Adolescentes Infractores [Juvenile Offenders Risk Assessment] on parental monitoring, familyconflict, family support, antisocial peer group, and antisocial behavior, were applied. The results ofstructural equation modelling showed a better fit of the mediation model. The results are discussed interms of their implications for the prevention, risk assessment, and management of juvenile offenders. 

Resumen

The aim of this study was to assess the effects of the variables related to family functioning (parentalmonitoring, family support, and family conflict) on juvenile antisocial behavior either directly or indirectlythrough the choice of deviant friends. Thus, the sample consisted of 764 adolescents from theAutonomous Community of Galicia (Spain), from juvenile offender centres (mean age = 17.12, 87.4%males) and students from local schools (mean age = 16.06, 45.5% males). The scales of Valoración delRiesgo en Adolescentes Infractores [Juvenile Offenders Risk Assessment] on parental monitoring, familyconflict, family support, antisocial peer group, and antisocial behavior, were applied. The results ofstructural equation modelling showed a better fit of the mediation model. The results are discussed interms of their implications for the prevention, risk assessment, and management of juvenile offenders. 

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