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ERIC Number: EJ838258
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Early and Middle Adolescents' Disclosure to Parents about Activities in Different Domains
Smetana, Judith G.; Villalobos, Myriam; Tasopoulos-Chan, Marina; Gettman, Denise C.; Campione-Barr, Nicole
Journal of Adolescence, v32 n3 p693-713 Jun 2009
Disclosure, disclosure strategies, and justifications for nondisclosure for prudential, peer, multifaceted, and personal acts were assessed using a sorting task with 118 lower-middle class early and middle adolescents (Ms = 12.77 and 15.68 years). Adolescents were less involved in prudential than other behaviors, although prudential behavior was greater among middle than early adolescents; adolescents disclosed more about prudential and personal than multifaceted and peer behaviors. Nondisclosure was primarily due to concerns about parental disapproval (for prudential acts), claims that acts were personal or not harmful (for personal acts), and their mixture (for peer and multifaceted acts). When concerned about parental disapproval, older adolescents fully disclosed less (and lied somewhat more) than younger adolescents, whereas adolescents primarily avoided discussing the issue when they viewed acts as personal. Full disclosure was associated with better relationships with parents and less depressed mood; lying was associated with more parental behavioral control over personal issues and poorer relationships with fathers. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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