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ERIC Number: EJ872501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 11
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ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
Adolescents' Relational Schemas and Their Subjective Understanding of Romantic Relationship Interactions
Smith, Justin D.; Welsh, Deborah P.; Fite, Paula J.
Journal of Adolescence, v33 n1 p147-157 Feb 2010
This study examines the association between adolescents' relational schemas and their subjective understanding of interactions in the context of male-female romantic relationships. We employed an innovative multimodal methodology: the video-recall system [Welsh, D. P., & Dickson, J. W. (2005). Video-recall procedures for examining subjective understanding in observational data. "Journal of Family Psychology", 19(1), 62-71], which includes both adolescent participants' perspectives, as well as those of trained coders. Dyadic structural equation modeling (SEM) with latent variables was used to examine two dependent variables: Discomfort and Power. Relational schemas were only associated with the participants' interpretation of Discomfort, and did not differ by gender. The association between relational schemas and Power were different by gender, suggesting males and females with more vulnerable relational schemas may employ different strategies to cope with their insecurity. Males' relational schemas were also associated with the observers' interpretations of Power for both couple members. Possible implications of this finding for attachment theory and adolescent romantic relationships are discussed. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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