Adolescents Leaving Parental Home: Psychosocial Correlates and Implications for Conservation

Author(s):

Li An; Angela G. Mertig; Jianguo Liu

Journal or Book Title: Population and Environment

Keywords: leaving parental home; Structural Equations Modeling; giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca); conservation; Wolong Nature Reserve (China)

Volume/Issue: 24/5

Page Number(s): 415-444

Year Published: 2003

Abstract:

To disclose the interplay between psychosocial antecedents of adolescents’ decisions to leave their parental home in an ecologically sensitive region, we used structural equation modeling to analyze data from in-person interviews of members of 220 households in Wolong Nature Reserve for giant pandas (China). We further divided our data into two sub-samples by gender to test the hypothesis that model parameters differ for females and males. Our findings indicate that parental attitudes/ behavior, peer behavior, and perceived availability of material/non-material resources play a critical role in adolescents’ home-leaving decisions. This study demonstrates an important link between psychosocial factors and biodiversity conservation.

Type of Publication: Journal Article

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