Daily Family Assistance and the Psychological Well-Being of Adolescents From Latin American, Asian, and European Backgrounds

Eva H. Telzer, Andrew J. Fuligni

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The daily diary method was used to examine the implications of adolescents' daily assistance behaviors for both positive and negative aspects of psychological well-being among an ethnically diverse sample of 752 adolescents of ages 14 to 15 years. Results indicated that, contrary to the expectations of some observers, providing daily assistance to the family generally was not stressful for adolescents. Rather, assisting the family was associated with higher levels of happiness due, in large part, to the sense of role fulfillment it provided the adolescents. Few individual or group differences were observed in the association between family assistance and psychological well-being. These results suggest that family assistance serves as a meaningful activity in adolescents' lives by creating a sense of connection to the family.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1177-1189
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009



  • adolescence
  • ethnicity
  • family assistance
  • family obligation
  • psychological well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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