ERIC Number: ED418351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-15
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Family Adaptability and Cohesion: Relationship to Older Adolescent Behaviors.
Slicker, Ellen K.
The hypotheses of the current study attempt to expand and refine what is currently known about the relationship between family types and actual behavioral adjustment as reported by older adolescents. High school seniors (N=2250 in 14 high schools in the middle South region) indicated their level of personal participation in a variety of problem and conventional behaviors and their perceptions of their families via the FACES II. Based on their scores (using the current linear scoring of the adaptability and cohesion subscales), students were assigned to one of four family types, representing the environment (by their own perceptions) in which they were reared: balanced, moderately balanced, mid-range, or extreme. Significant MANOVA results for family type were found within the combined gender sample and for females separately--but not for males--when gender (used with the combined-gender sample), SES, and family structure were statistically controlled. When adaptability and cohesion dimensions were considered separately, cohesion was a powerful predictor of behavioral adjustment, especially for females, but adaptability was unrelated to behavioral adjustment in any of the groups (combined gender, males only, females only). These results call into question the continued use of the adaptability dimension as measured by FACES II. (Contains 36 references.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Family Adaptability Cohesion Evaluation Scales
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (105th, Chicago, IL, August 15-19, 1997).