Taiwan is on the edge of rapid social change in the recent decades. Adolescents who stand on this changing society are facing even great challenge from their families, schools, and communities. Thus, the risk of showing maladjustment behavior is even higher than ever before. Although empirical studies have shown evidences of some problematic adjustment behaviors, it is still not clear that why and how these qualitatively different adjustment behaviors occur. As a step toward redressing the lack of understanding in this research domain, the purpose of present study is to provide some perspectives to reinvestigate the adolescent depressive symptoms and deviant behaviors and their determinants. Using a sample of 1109 families, this study found that the maladjustment behaviors which adolescents might involve with, especially depression and deviant behavior, were inter-correlated, and were affected by inept parenting practices. In addition, boys and girls showed different types of maladjustment behaviors in this study. However, the problem of drug abuse was found not so serious for these adolescents. Further studies of the drug abuse issue in the near future are highly recommended. The fingings also suggested that helping adolescents with malajustment behaviors must focus on their family and understand their parents' parenting practices.
|Original language||Traditional Chinese|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
- Inept parenting
- Depression dimension
- Conduct behavior