ERIC Number: ED282110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Grade, Pubertal Status, and Gender Related Variations in Conflictual Issues among Adolescents.
Papini, Dennis R.; Savage, Catherine L.
It is possible that conflicts in families with adolescents are linked to the transitions and individual development that occur during adolescence. A study was conducted to describe domains of conflictual issues associated with adolescent grade in school, pubertal status, and gender. The sample was comprised of 78 seventh graders, 115 ninth graders, and 86 eleventh graders. Each subject completed the Issues Checklist and an instrument designed to assess pubertal status. Twenty-six adolescents were assessed as prepubertal, 105 as transpubertal, and 148 as postpubertal. Principal factor analysis with varimax rotation resulted in the retention of four factors accounting for 71.59% of the variance. Stepwise regression analyses were conducted for each factor (using factor scores) with grade in school, pubertal status, and gender as predictors. The results of these analyses indicated that the intensity of School and Household Behavior Issues was greater for seventh and ninth graders than for eleventh graders. Self-Responsibility Issues were related to pubertal status, and were most intense among transpubertal adolescents. Boys reported more intense conflicts over General Issues than did girls. In summary, the affective climate of adolescent relationships with parents can be examined in a variety of different conflictual domains, the intensity of which appears to be related to grade in school, pubertal status, and gender. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 1987). For a related document, see CG 019 875.