ERIC Number: ED473730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
The Role of Parental Conflict and Self-Efficacy in Friendship Satisfaction.
Guthrie, Meghan L.; Brant, Curtis R.; Green, Lisa B.
This study examined the interaction among parental conflict, self-efficacy, and friendship satisfaction levels. It was predicted that self-efficacy would be a mediating variable between parental conflict and outcomes, specifically ability to have successful friendships. Participants included 235 undergraduate students from a small Midwestern college. Parental conflict was measured by Straus' Father-Mother Conflict Tactics Scale. Self-efficacy was evaluated using the Friendship Self-Efficacy Scale created specifically for use in this study. Friendship satisfaction was evaluated using the McGill Friendship Questionnaire-Respondent's Affection. As predicted, results indicated that the type of parental conflict to which a child is exposed relates to the ability to have successful friendship later in life. More specifically, reasoning conflict was positively related to friendship satisfaction. In addition, it was found that a young adult's friendship self-efficacy predicted friendship satisfaction above and beyond the effects of the demographic variables and conflict levels. Implications for mental health professionals are discussed. (Contains 14 references and 2 tables.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (110th, Chicago, IL, August 22-25, 2002).