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Frijns, Tom; Finkenauer, Catrin; Keijsers, Loes – Journal of Adolescence, 2013
It is a household notion that secrecy is bad while sharing is good. But what about shared secrets? The present research adopts a functional analysis of sharing secrets, arguing that it should negate harmful consequences generally associated with secrecy and serves important interpersonal functions in adolescence. A survey study among 790 Dutch…
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Psychological Patterns, Adolescents, Interpersonal Competence
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Frijns, Tom; Finkenauer, Catrin – International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2009
Increasing bodies of evidence suggest that keeping secrets may be detrimental to well-being and adjustment, whereas confiding secrets may alleviate the detriments of secrecy and benefit well-being and adjustment. However, few studies have addressed the consequences of keeping and confiding secrets simultaneously, and even fewer have done so…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Longitudinal Studies, Social Adjustment, Well Being
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Kerkhof, Peter; Finkenauer, Catrin; Muusses, Linda D. – Human Communication Research, 2011
This article examines how compulsive Internet use and marital well-being are related to each other. We suggest that they are negatively related and explore whether compulsive Internet use predicts marital well-being or vice versa. The relation between compulsive Internet use and marital well-being is tested in a two-wave prospective study among…
Descriptors: Marital Satisfaction, Internet, Longitudinal Studies, Marriage
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Finkenauer, Catrin; Pollmann, Monique M. H.; Begeer, Sander; Kerkhof, Peter – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2012
Individuals with autism spectrum disorders or autistic traits may profit from Internet and computer-mediated interactions, but there is concern about their Internet use becoming compulsive. This study investigated the link between autistic traits and Internet use in a 2-wave longitudinal study with a non-clinical community sample (n = 390). As…
Descriptors: Autism, Internet, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Pervasive Developmental Disorders
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Pollmann, Monique M. H.; Finkenauer, Catrin; Begeer, Sander – Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2010
People with ASD have deficits in their social skills and may therefore experience lower relationship satisfaction. This study investigated possible mechanisms to explain whether and how autistic traits, measured with the AQ, influence relationship satisfaction in a non-clinical sample of 195 married couples. More autistic traits were associated…
Descriptors: Spouses, Autism, Intimacy, Interpersonal Relationship
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Lichtwarck-Aschoff, Anna; Finkenauer, Catrin; van de Vorst, Haske; Engels, Rutger C. M. E. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2012
This article reports on a longitudinal study investigating gender differences in the association between maternal disclosure and adolescents' depressive symptoms. Little research has examined the relationship of parental disclosure to adolescents' depressive symptoms and research on sex differences is particularly lacking. In a sample of 428…
Descriptors: Daughters, Parent Child Relationship, Adolescents, Social Networks
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Keijsers, Loes; Branje, Susan J. T.; Frijns, Tom; Finkenauer, Catrin; Meeus, Wim – Developmental Psychology, 2010
The current longitudinal study examined adolescent gender differences in the developmental changes and relational correlates of secrecy from parents. For 4 successive years, starting in the second year of junior high (mean age at Time 1 = 13.2 years, SD = 0.51), 149 male and 160 female Dutch adolescents reported on secrecy from their parents and…
Descriptors: Females, Parent Child Relationship, Gender Differences, Males
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Frijns, Tom; Finkenauer, Catrin; Vermulst, Ad A.; Engels, Rutger C.M.E. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2005
A 2-wave survey study among 1173 10-14-year-olds tested the longitudinal contribution of secrecy from parents to psychosocial and behavioral problems in adolescence. Additionally, it investigated a hypothesized contribution of secrecy from parents to adolescent development by examining its relation with self-control. Results showed that keeping…
Descriptors: Risk, Adolescent Development, Adolescents
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de Kemp, Raymond A. T.; Vermulst, Ad A.; Finkenauer, Catrin; Scholte, Ron H. J.; Overbeek, Geertjan; Rommes, Els W. M.; Engels, Rutger C. M. E. – Journal of Early Adolescence, 2009
The article discusses a three-wave longitudinal study that investigates the relationship between self-control and aggressive and delinquent behavior of early adolescent boys and girls. The sample consists of 1,012 Dutch adolescents (mean age = 12.3) in their first year of secondary education. Structural equation modeling analyses reveal that high…
Descriptors: Delinquency, Antisocial Behavior, Structural Equation Models, Early Adolescents
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Engels, Rutger C. M. E.; Finkenauer, Catrin; van Kooten, Dyana C. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2006
Communication between children and parents has been the subject of several studies, examining the effects of, for example, disclosure and secrecy on adolescents' social relationships and adjustment. Less attention has paid to adolescent deception. We developed and tested a new instrument on lying behavior in a sample of 671 parent-adolescent…
Descriptors: Deception, Early Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship, Self Disclosure (Individuals)
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Singh-Manoux, Archana; Finkenauer, Catrin – Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 2001
Investigated cultural differences in the social and relationship aspects of sharing emotions. Indian, immigrant Indian and English adolescents recalled various emotional episodes and discussed the sharing of these experiences. Each emotion had a unique sharing pattern. Cross-cultural differences in sharing highlighted the greater importance and…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Emotional Response, Fear, Foreign Countries
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Finkenauer, Catrin; Engels, Rutger C. M. E.; Branje, Susan J. T.; Meeus, Wim – Journal of Marriage and Family, 2004
The present study developed a theoretical framework for understanding the social mechanisms underlying disclosure and its link with relationship satisfaction in a full family design. A study among 262 intact families, consisting of 2 children and 2 adults and involving 1,048 individuals, applied the social relations model. Results showed that…
Descriptors: Family Environment, Family Relationship, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Interpersonal Communication
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Finkenauer, Catrin; Engels, Rutger C. M. E.; Meeus, Wim – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2002
Studied the links between secrecy and psychosocial well-being and emotional autonomy among 227 younger (12-13 years) and older (16-18 years) adolescents. Results show that keeping secrets from parents is associated with physical and psychological disadvantages in adolescence. Secrecy, however, was also related to adolescents' emotional autonomy.…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Development, Emotional Response, Parent Child Relationship