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Adolescents Leaving Parental Home: Psychosocial Correlates and Implications for Conservation
 

Summary: Adolescents Leaving Parental Home: Psychosocial
Correlates and Implications for Conservation
Li An
Angela G. Mertig
Jianguo Liu
Michigan State University
To disclose the interplay between psychosocial antecedents of adolescents' deci-
sions to leave their parental home in an ecologically sensitive region, we used struc-
tural 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 atti-
tudes/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 con-
servation.
KEY WORDS: leaving parental home; Structural Equations Modeling; giant panda (Ailuropoda
melanoleuca); conservation; Wolong Nature Reserve (China).
INTRODUCTION
Adolescents leaving their parental homes has been viewed as a normal

  

Source: An, Li - Department of Geography, San Diego State University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Geosciences