ERIC Number: ED409998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
The Quality of Parent-Parent Communication in the Family and Its Impact on Adolescent Development.
Kreppner, Kurt; Ullrich, Manuela
This longitudinal study investigated changes and continuities in the quality of communication between parents during the period when the oldest child in the family passes through the transition from childhood to adolescence. Furthermore, possible links were explored between adolescents' differential assessments of the quality of relationship with their parents and the quality of communication between parents. Participants were 47 two-parent families with an adolescent child (age 11 at start of study, age 15 at end). Families were visited every 6 months over 3 and a half years. Adolescents judged the quality of the relationship with their parents and various aspects of self-esteem at each visit. Parental communication in structured situations was videotaped at the first, fourth, sixth, and eighth data collection points. Cluster analysis revealed three groups of adolescents who differed markedly in their judgments about the quality of their relationship with their parents. Differential analysis of the observed communication between parents showed clear links to adolescents' assessed relationship quality as well as to aspects of adolescents' self-esteem. In general, parental communication showed changes in quality during the child's critical developmental period. (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (62nd, Washington, DC, April 3-6, 1997).