Teenage family life, lifestyles and life chances: associations with family structure, conflict with parents and joint family activity

Sweeting, H. (1998) Teenage family life, lifestyles and life chances: associations with family structure, conflict with parents and joint family activity. International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 12(1), pp. 15-46. (doi:10.1093/lawfam/12.1.15)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/12.1.15

Abstract

This paper draws on data from a longitudinal study of a cohort of around 1,000 young people living in the West of Scotland. It investigates the associations between four aspects of family life in mid adolescence (family structure, reason for family disruption, time spent in joint family activities and parent-adolescent conflict) and a range of indicators of current lifestyle and future life chances (health-related and delinquent behaviours; heterosexual intercourse, pregnancy and partnership formation; educational achievement and labour market position). Results show different ‘outcomes’ to be associated with different aspects of family life, the most consistent relationships occurring in respect of time spent in family activities. The majority of relationships remained after accounting for material deprivation and, apart from the association between reason for family disruption and sexual behaviour, were the same for males and females. Most of the relationships between the different aspects of family life and ‘outcome’ were independent, although some of the associations with family structure could be accounted for by differing levels of time in joint activities. The results are discussed in terms of the meaning of each aspect of family life in contemporary society, and the importance of considering the effects of both structural and process aspects of family life is emphasized.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sweeting, Dr Helen
Authors: Sweeting, H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family
ISSN:1360-9939
ISSN (Online):1464-3707

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