ERIC Number: ED435446
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Carrying the Family through Adolescence: The Significance of Parent-Parent Communication.
The quality of the parent-parent relationship is considered as an important factor for managing stressful family crises. The assumption in this study is that specific patterns of parent-parent communication make it easier or more difficult to adjust to changes in the family that are required when the first child enters early adolescence. In a longitudinal study, 42 two-parent families were investigated at home over 3.5 years. Adolescents rated two aspects of their parent-child relationships and two self-related topics. During the first, fourth, sixth, and eighth waves, discussions of everyday issues in three dyads of the same family (mother-father, mother-child, and father-child) were videotaped and coded subsequently with regard to formal, verbal, and non-verbal aspects. In order to differentiate patterns of parent-parent interaction, two aspects of mothers' communication behavior were selected. The first indicates verbal assertion (statements), and the second indicates emotional alarm (high tension). A cluster analysis yielded three groups with divergent communication behaviors that can be described as blocked, expressive, and balanced. Overall, findings suggest that different communication patterns in the parental couple are linked to divergent changes in the observed parent-child communications as well as to adolescents' representations of themselves and their relationships to their parents. (Author/DLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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