ERIC Number: ED204682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Developmental Change and Mutuality in Family Relationships During Young Adulthood.
White, Kathleen M.; And Others
The Family Relationships Project consisted of a three-year investigation of individual and family development. From the first year sample, 120 subjects were selected from 3 age groups (ages 22, 24, and 26) and 2 role groups (single and married without children) for an examination of the validity of the Family Relationships Interview (FRI). Subjects completed, among other measures, the FRI and Loevinger's Sentence Completion Task. The FRI's family development stage scores, with a possible range of stage one (hierarchichal parent-child relationship) to stage six (peer-like relationship), ranged from stage two to a transition between stages four and five. Marital status was the most powerful predictor of stage scores for the mother and the father. Analyses also yielded a main effect for age and an age by sex interaction effect for stage scores with the mother. Data from the 60 women subjects revealed a significant relationship between Loevinger's ego development stage scores and FRI stage scores. Subjects with higher FRI scores were more likely to give permission for the release of FRI questionnaires to their parents. Findings provided support for the validity of the FRI. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).