ERIC Number: ED220881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Perceptions of Parental Persuasive Message Strategies.
deTurck, Mark A.; Miller, Gerald R.
Uniting research on parental control techniques with studies examining adolescents' perceptions of conjugal and parental power, this study investigates adolescent perceptions of parental persuasive communication. One hundred ninety adolescents from two small midwestern high schools were asked to complete a questionnaire. The first four sections of the questionnaire described situations involving some conflict of interest between a student's parents and the student. Students were asked to role play in each situation and to decide which parent would be most likely to invoke the 16 persuasive message strategies from a theoretical typology. These sections also contained items assessing the validity of each compliance-gaining situation. The fifth section was composed of an additional seven items assessing adolescent perceptions of conjugal power for use in another study. The final section contained questions requesting students to supply demographic information. Results indicated that depending on age, gender, and context, adolescents report fathers or mothers invoke a variety of persuasive messages that cannot be classified in two-dimensional space: coercion and induction. More specifically, a host of persuasive messages emerged as indicators of the dimensions underlying adolescent perceptions of parental influence. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Boston, MA, May 2-5, 1982).