The relationship between parent-child triangulation and early adolescent depression in Hong Kong : The mediating roles of self-acceptance, positive relations and personal growth

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Original languageEnglish
Article number104676
Journal / PublicationChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume109
Online published9 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

Abstract

This study aims to (1) investigate the relationship between parent-child triangulation and early adolescents’ depressive symptoms, and (2) examine whether such relationship was mediated by early adolescents’ protective factors, i.e. self-acceptance, positive relation, and personal growth. A cross-sectional survey employing convenience sampling was conducted, which recruited 618 Grade 5 and 8 students from three primary schools and two secondary schools in Hong Kong, China. Parent-child triangulation was positively correlated with adolescents’ depressive symptoms while self-acceptance, positive relation, and personal growth were negatively correlated with early adolescents’ depressive symptoms. Only positive relation mediated the relationship between parent-child triangulation and adolescents’ depressive symptoms, and this mediating pathway existed for the female sample only. The results of this study imply that although exposure to parent-child triangulation adversely impacts adolescents’ interpersonal relationships, even the decreased level of the positive relation to some extent protects them against the negative consequences of parent-child triangulation. More research is called for to explicate how protective factors might constitute additional mediating mechanisms for the relationship between parent-child triangulation and child development.

Research Area(s)

  • Adolescent depression, Chinese, Mediating mechanisms, Parent-child triangulation, Protective factors

Citation Format(s)

The relationship between parent-child triangulation and early adolescent depression in Hong Kong : The mediating roles of self-acceptance, positive relations and personal growth. / Kwok, Sylvia Y.C.L.; Gu, Minmin; Synchaisuksawat, Pasyn; Wong, Wikki W.K.

In: Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 109, 104676, 02.2020.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review