Parental and religious influences on adolescent empathy and antisocial behavior among Latino and Euro-American youth: an investigation of mediating and moderating effects

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Title: Parental and religious influences on adolescent empathy and antisocial behavior among Latino and Euro-American youth: an investigation of mediating and moderating effects
Author: Gillett, Kyle Stephen
Abstract: Utilizing structural equation modeling , this research investigated the socialization variables of Parenting and Religiosity and their relationship with Adolescent Antisocial Behavior . The potential mediating and moderating effects that Empathy , Ethnicity , Socioeconomic Status (SES ) , Gender and Family Structure played in the relationship between the previously mentioned socialization variables and Antisocial Behavior were also explored . Findings suggest that Adolescent Religiosity and facilitative Parenting (high levels of Parental Support and Parental Behavior Control combined with low levels of Parental Psychological Control ) both display significant unidirectional relationships with Adolescent Empathy and Adolescent Antisocial Behavior . It was further determined that Empathy did not mediate the relationship between socialization variables (Parenting and Adolescent Religiosity ) and Adolescent Antisocial Behavior . In addition , Ethnicity , SES and Family Structure were shown to significantly moderate numerous pathways in the overall model . However , upon further investigation it was identified that very few moderated pathways were identified between the main latent factors in the model . Instead , it was identified that the relationships between many of the demographic variables and latent factors in the model displayed significant moderated pathways . Clinical implications are offered and the results of this study provide relevance to the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy as a whole .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /15845
Date: 2006-08

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Parental and religious influences on adolescent empathy and antisocial behavior among Latino and Euro-American youth: an investigation of mediating and moderating effects. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /15845 .

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