ERIC Number: ED282111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Variations in Conflictual Family Issues by Adolescent Pubertal Status, Gender, and Family Member.
Papini, Dennis R.
Conflictual family issues appearing during adolescence have not been adequately dimensionalized. In addition to this problem, researchers have focused on age-related variations in family conflicts without investigating other characteristics. A study was conducted to describe organized domains of conflictual family issues and to describe variations in these domains by adolescent pubertal status, gender, and status as a family member. Sixty-three intact family triads (mother, father, and adolescent) completed the Issues Checklist and an instrument designed to assess pubertal status. Principal factor analysis with varimax rotation resulted in the retention of seven factors accounting for 78.52% of the variance. Separate stepwise regression analyses were conducted for each factor (using factor scores) with adolescent pubertal status, gender, and status as a family member as predictors. General and Appearance Issues were found to be more disruptive in families with daughters than in those with sons. Room Care and School Issues varied by status as a family member. Leisure and Time Management Issues varied by adolescent pubertal status. Only Household Issues were unrelated to any of the predictor variables. In summary, the affective climate of the family can be characterized by a variety of conflictual domains, the intensity of which appears to be related to adolescent pubertal status, gender, and status as a family member. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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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 019 874.