With the objective to study the antecedents of risky behavior in adolescents, the author examined the influence of parental risk beliefs on the development of adolescents risk’s beliefs. The study involved 41 families with adolescent between the ages of 14-17 years old. In particular, the specific objective was to: a) explore the presence of discrepancy between parents and adolescents; b) study the influence’s relationship between parent risk’s beliefs and adolescents’ risk’s beliefs; c) study the effect of variables such as opening, stress, control, referring which are all referred to the construct of parental monitoring, in such relationship. Results showed that parent risk’s beliefs significantly influence adolescent risk’s beliefs, but this influence is totally mediated from the adolescents’ perceptions of their parents’ beliefs. Among the variables referred to the construct of parental monitoring, only "control" seems to influence significantly adolescent risk’s beliefs. In particular, this variable exerts a total mediator effect in the relationship between adolescents’ risk’s beliefs and adolescents’ perceptions of their parents’ risk’s beliefs. In general, results support the current literature in emphasizing parental framework, as highly influencing the adaptive or maladaptive result of adolescent behavior.
Keywords: Adolescents; Family; Shared Beliefs; Risk Behaviors; Parental Monitoring; Parental Control.