ERIC Number: ED325757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Parental Qualities as Predictors of Adolescent Conformity: Perceptions from Adolescents, Mothers, and Fathers.
Henry, Carolyn S.; Peterson, Gary W.
The purpose of this study was to examine how adolescent and parental perceptions of selected parental qualities predicted adolescent conformity to parental expectations, using symbolic interaction as a conceptual foundation. Self-report questionnaire data were collected from a sample of 326 families with adolescents. Four separate multiple regression analyses were used to examine adolescent and parental perceptions of adolescent conformity to fathers and mothers. Each of the four regression models explained significant amounts of variance in perceptions of adolescent conformity. Results indicated that several dimensions of adolescent perceptions of parental power and behaviors predicted adolescents' reports of conformity to their parents. In contrast, parental reports of their own conformity yielded a significant beta for only one relationship, mothers' reports of positive induction as a predictor of mothers' reports of adolescent conformity. A major conclusion drawn from these findings was that adolescent perceptions of parental power and behaviors may serve as better predictors of adolescent conformity than parental perceptions. Further, the need to examine multiple perceptions in parent-adolescent relations within the symbolic interactionist framework was supported. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (52nd, Seattle, WA, November 9-14, 1990).