ERIC Number: ED335611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Family World View, Parent Emotion Management and Adolescent Health.
Fisher, Lawrence; Ransom, Donald C.
This study hypothesized that relatively specific aspects of family life are associated with relatively specific aspects of health and well-being, and that the pattern of these associations varies as a function of certain primary characteristics of family members, such as gender, role, and generation. To test these hypotheses, data were collected from 225 two-parent white or Hispanic families of adolescents. The adolescent sample from the families consisted of 141 males and 137 females. Subjects completed measures of adolescent health, family world view, and couple emotion management. Data were analyzed to determine patterns of association between the four family world view indices and adolescent health, and between the three couple emotion management ratings and adolescent health for males and females. The results revealed that both family world view and couple emotion management were significantly associated with those aspects of adolescent health that unfold inside the family. Family coherence was linked with emotional and physical well-being for males and with emotional well-being and low anxiety scores for females. Striking differences were found in both strength and pattern of family and health associations between adolescent males and females. It appeared that the sense of feeling close and involved with family, especially the parents, was important for female adolescents in terms of their reported health and well-being. Family domains were significantly associated with aspects of adolescent health. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tucson Community Foundation, AZ.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. Div. of Family and Community Medicine.
Note: Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting (Seattle, WA, April 18-21, 1991).