A longitudinal examination of the bidirectional links between academic achievement and parent-adolescent conflict

Aryn M. Dotterer, Lesa Hoffman, Ann C. Crouter, Susan M. McHale

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We examined reciprocal associations between parent-adolescent conflict and academic achievement over a 2-year period. Participants were mothers, fathers, and adolescents from predominantly White, working and middle class families (N = 168). After accounting for previous academic achievement, parent-adolescent conflict predicted relative declines in academic achievement 2 years later. After controlling for relationship quality at Time 1, lower math grades predicted relative increases in parent-adolescent conflict 2 years later among families with less education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)762-779
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2008



  • Academic achievement
  • Adolescence
  • Longitudinal
  • Parent-adolescent conflict

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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