ERIC Number: ED451962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-19
Reference Count: N/A
Connectedness and Separation in Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Indicators of a Successful Identity Development?
Masche, J. Gowert; Barber, Brian K.
On the basis of individuation approaches to the study of parent-adolescent relationships, this study hypothesized that connectedness and separation will be separately and jointly related to indicators of successful identity development. A sample of 968 students attending 7th and 10th grades was drawn to represent different German school tracks. The participants completed questionnaires that contained various scales of the parent-adolescent relationship and scales for adolescent self-esteem, depression, and loneliness. The relationship scales formed four factors: connectedness with mother, connectedness with father, separation from parents (mothers and fathers combined), and parental monitoring. The study found that connectedness with mother and with father were consistently related to positive measures of self-concept and emotional well-being. However, separation and low levels of monitoring were either inconsistently or negatively related to these dependent variables. Findings led to speculation whether less individuated relationships between parents and adolescents are healthier. (Contains 19 references.) (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany