Psychology, Department of


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Published in the Journal of Family Issues (June 2008) 29(6): 762-779. Copyright 2008, Sage Publications. Used by permission. doi: 10.1177/0192513X07309454


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.