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ERIC Number: ED356880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 122
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Developmental Implications of Shared and Divergent Perceptions in the Parent-Adolescence Relationship.
Davey, Lynn F.
This study investigated the degree of agreement between adolescents' and parents' perceptions of the adolescent-parent relationship, and the links between these perceptions and adolescents' school achievement and personal autonomy. Questionnaires were completed by 353 adolescents attending an all-male, inner city, Catholic high school, and by their parents. The questionnaires assessed the parents' and adolescents' perceptions of the closeness and amount of communication in their relationship, parents' knowledge of their son's activities, and the distribution of decision making in the family. Outcome measures were individuation, or parents' and sons' connectedness or separateness in their relationship; deviance, or the degree to which the sons had gotten into trouble at school; and sons' scholastic achievement. Results concerning individuation indicated that the more the sons perceived their relationship to their parents as constructive, the more autonomous the sons were; and sons' and parents' perceptions of their closeness were related to the parents' individuation. Results relating to deviance showed that sons who did not feel close to their parents and who believed their parents knew little about their activities had more discipline problems in school than other adolescents. Results concerning achievement indicated that sons who perceived a closeness to their parents and who perceived themselves to be in control of decision making exhibited greater school achievement than other adolescents. (ME)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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