ERIC Number: ED189524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Inter-Personal Perceptions Within Families Containing Behavior Problem Adolescents.
Faw, Terry T.; Goldsmith, Douglas F.
Little research has examined the relationships between parents' perceptions of their adolescent children, the adolescents' self-perceptions and the congruence of those perceptions to adolescent behavior problems. Two parent families (N=64) with an adolescent member completed a Behavior Adjustment Scale. Based on these scores 42 families were selected for study, 14 families whose adolescent member exhibited serious behavior problems and 28 families whose adolescent member exhibited no significant behavior problems. An adolescent-perception score for each mother, father, and adolescent was computed on the seven personal description dimensions of the Adjective Self-Description instruments, i.e., attitude, behavior, efficiency, orientation, anxiety, ideology, and social attractiveness. Findings indicated that greater incongruence existed between the self- and parental-perception of adolescents identified as exhibiting behavior problems, suggesting that incongruent interpersonal perceptions may have an impact on behavior and communications. Some adolescents attempted to resolve the incongruity by living up, or down, to the expectations of their parents or by resisting information incongruent with their self-perceptions by withdrawal from interpersonal communications. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (60th, Honolulu, HI, May 5-9, 1980).