ERIC Number: ED406007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
The Effects of Family Conflict on Adolescents' Dating Behaviors and Attitudes toward Marriage: A Longitudinal Study.
VanNess-Knolls, Michelle L.; And Others
This study examined the effects of past and concurrent family conflict on adolescents' attitudes toward marriage and behavior in dating relationships. Participants were 75 adolescents who were part of a 7-year project that began when they were in fifth grade. Over 95 percent of their families were of European-American origin, with diversity in socioeconomic levels and family structures represented. The average age of the target adolescents was about 19 years at this follow-up. Data were collected using the following instruments: (1) Dyadic Adjustment Scale; (2) Marital Disagreement Subscale; (3) Marital Dissatisfaction Subscale; (4) family self-report of family conflict; and (5) Survey of Attitudes and Behaviors in Intimate Relationships. Findings suggested that female adolescents place more importance on marriage than male adolescents. An interaction between gender and marital conflict in the fifth grade was also found, indicating that higher levels of marital conflict negatively affect females' attitude toward marriage but not males'. Family conflict in the fifth and twelfth grades was significantly related to adolescents' intolerance for disagreements in dating relationships. Male adolescents' negative interactions in dating relationships were significantly related to fifth grade marital conflict. Contrary to the hypothesis, fifth and twelfth grade family conflict was positively correlated with showing positive regard in dating relationships. (Contains 10 references and 7 tables.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (62nd, Washington, DC, April 3-6, 1997).