ERIC Number: ED421246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Influences on Conflict Intensity between Adolescents and Their Mothers and Fathers.
Pinquart, M.; Srugies, D.
One of the central developmental tasks of adolescence is the change of the parent-adolescent relationship, which includes the gradual gain of autonomy from parents while at the same time maintaining emotional connectedness to them. Conflicts often arise in this process. This study used a sample of 202 adolescents from 14 to 19 years of age to investigate the reported intensity of conflicts with mothers and fathers. Results showed that, on average, the adolescents reported more intense conflict with mothers than fathers. In analyzing predictors of conflict intensity with mothers and fathers separately, a higher reported intensity with fathers was associated with their better knowledge about adolescents' attitudes and behaviors and with more time spent together. On the other hand, joint time, parental knowledge, and strict disciplining did not predict conflict intensity with mothers. Adolescents who reported above-average differences between conflict intensity with mothers and fathers reported larger differences between time spent with mothers and fathers, between maternal and paternal knowledge of adolescent's behavior and attitudes, and between maternal and paternal strict disciplining. (Contains 27 references.) (Author/EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Poster paper presented at the Biennial Meetings of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (15th, Berne, Switzerland, July 1-4, 1998).