Parental monitoring and the prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior: a conceptual and empirical formulation

Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev. 1998 Mar;1(1):61-75. doi: 10.1023/a:1021800432380.


The present report accomplishes three goals. First, to provide an empirical rationale for placing parental monitoring of children's adaptations as a key construct in development and prevention research. Second, to stimulate more research on parental monitoring and provide an integrative framework for various research traditions as well as developmental periods of interest. Third, to discuss current methodological issues that are developmentally and culturally sensitive and based on sound measurement. Possible intervention and prevention strategies that specifically target parental monitoring are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / complications
  • Child Behavior Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Child Development*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Observer Variation
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parenting*
  • Peer Group
  • Research Design
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Behavior Disorders / prevention & control