Maternal psychological control and youth HIV/AIDS risk behavior: a study of African American single mother families Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Kincaid, Carlye Yates
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • The proposed study examined the relation between maternal psychological control, youth psychosocial adjustment and youth HIV/AIDS risk behavior (e.g., sexual intercourse and alcohol use) in a community sample of 194 African American single mother-youth (11-16 year old) dyads. As predicted, higher levels of maternal psychological control were associated with increased psychosocial adjustment problems, as well as an increased likelihood that youth would report engaging in sexual intercourse and alcohol use. Furthermore, youth externalizing problems were found to mediate the relation between psychological control and HIV/AIDS risk behavior; accordingly, greater psychological control was associated with greater externalizing problems which, in turn, was associated with increased odds that youth would engage in alcohol use and sexual intercourse. Findings are discussed with regard to their implications for family-based HIV/AIDS risk behavior prevention programs aimed at African American youth from single mother homes.
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