ERIC Number: ED412482
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Shared Realities: Adolescent Couples' Subjective Understanding of Their Interaction and Its Relationship to Their Mental Health.
Welsh, Deborah P.; Vickerman, Renee; Rostosky, Sherry S.; Kawaguchi, Myra C.
Researchers have largely neglected adolescents' romantic relationships. To help fill this research gap, some of the discrepancies between adolescent couples' and observers' perceptions of couples' conversations are examined here. Two approaches to interaction analysis were used: the divergent realities paradigm, which explores divergences in different peoples' perceptions of a couples' interaction, and the perceived inequality paradigm, which focuses on individuals' perceptions of discrepancies between couple members in the latter's interactions. A video-recall procedure to assess 61 adolescent romantic couples' perceptions of their taped conversations was used. Results suggest that adolescent romantic partners experience shared realities relative to outside observers. However, couple members also have distinct interpretations of their interactions, indicating that they may hold different views of their relationships. Although couple members and observers agreed that couples' conversations were generally harmonious, dating partners perceived their communications through different lenses and they experienced inequalities in their interactions. Both males and females perceived themselves more positively than their partner. Boys who viewed themselves more favorably than they viewed their girlfriends exhibited fewer depressive symptoms than boys who considered themselves less favorably. Contains 51 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; Tennessee Univ., Knoxville.
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