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ERIC Number: ED400957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Quality of Relationship and Communication Behavior within the Family: Differential Transition Patterns from Childhood to Adolescence.
Kreppner, Kurt
Formats of communication within families are believed to be relevant contexts for children's development. Cultural values, norms, and interpretation patterns are transferred from parents to children within the family's specific communication framework. The purpose of this project was to study the quality of relationships and the communication patterns among family members during the period of transition from childhood to adolescence. Sixty-seven families with an adolescent child (age 11.6 at the beginning of data collection) participated in a longitudinal study in which adolescents judged the quality of their relationships with their parents at 6-month intervals over a period of 3.5 years. In addition, concrete communication behavior between parents and adolescents was observed and recorded when children were 11.6, 13, 14, and 15 years old. Three groups of adolescents were identified in a cluster analysis. Adolescents in these three groups described the quality of their relationships as being either habitual, ambivalent, or secure. Results indicated that: (1) adolescents differ in their ratings of the quality of their relationship with their parents with regard to the aspects of emotional ambivalence, dependability, and discussion behavior; (2) differences across groups of adolescents who assess the quality of their relationship with their parents remain constant over time; (3) adolescents experience divergent communication cultures in their families. (Contains 26 references.) (WJC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany (Berlin)