ERIC Number: ED413068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Unique Realities: Adolescents' and Mothers' Views of Their Interaction.
Welsh, Deborah P.; Vickerman, Renee; Powers, Sally I.
This study examined discrepancies among mothers', adolescents', and observers' perceptions of family interaction. The study was guided by two approaches to the analysis of interaction: (1) the divergent realities paradigm, which explores divergences in different peoples' perceptions of the same family members' interactions; and (2) the perceived inequality paradigm which focuses on individuals' perceptions of discrepancies between family members in their interaction. A video-recall procedure was used to assess 79 rural, working-class mothers' and their adolescents' perception of their videotaped conversations with each other. Results indicated that adolescents viewed family interactions as more conflictual and perceived greater inequalities between themselves and their mothers in their culturally prescribed, developmentally appropriate push for more autonomy in their relationships with their parents. The nature of the discrepancies between adolescents and their mothers was associated with adolescents' internalizing and externalizing symptoms. The "divergent realities" and "perceived inequalities" may contribute to the transformation which occurs during adolescence in parent-child relationships, in that they become more symmetrical and individuated in nature. (Contains 40 references.) (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A