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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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Van der Giessen, Danielle; Branje, Susan J. T.; Frijns, Tom; Meeus, Wim H. J. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2013
Dyadic variability is considered to be a key mechanism in the development of mother-adolescent relationships, and low levels of dyadic flexibility are thought to be associated with behavior and relationship problems. The present observational study examined heterogeneity in the development of dyadic variability in mother-adolescent interactions…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship, Aggression, Home Visits
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Hawk, Skyler T.; Keijsers, Loes; Frijns, Tom; Hale, William W., III; Branje, Susan; Meeus, Wim – Developmental Psychology, 2013
This 3-year, multi-informant study examined whether youths' perceptions of parental privacy invasion predicted lower parental knowledge over time, as a function of increased adolescent secrecy. Participants were 497 Dutch adolescents (Time 1 M = 13 years, SD = 0.5; 57% boys) and both parents. Higher youth-reported invasion predicted lower…
Descriptors: Parents, Privacy, Knowledge Level, Adolescent Attitudes
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Frijns, Tom; Keijsers, Loes; Branje, Susan; Meeus, Wim – Journal of Adolescence, 2010
Recent research has identified adolescent disclosure to parents as a powerful predictor of adolescent adjustment. We propose, however, that the common operationalization of adolescent disclosure incorporates the two separate constructs of disclosure and secrecy, and predicted that the disclosure-adjustment link can largely be explained by the…
Descriptors: Delinquency, Prediction, Parent Child Relationship, Adolescents
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Paalman, Carmen; van Domburgh, Lieke; Stevens, Gonneke; Vermeiren, Robert; van de Ven, Peter; Branje, Susan; Frijns, Tom; Meeus, Wim; Koot, Hans; van Lier, Pol; Jansen, Lucres; Doreleijers, Theo – International Journal of Behavioral Development, 2015
This longitudinal study explores differences between native Dutch and immigrant Moroccan adolescents in the relationship between internalizing and externalizing problems across time. By using generalized estimating equations (GEE), the strength and stability of associations between internalizing and externalizing problems in 159 Moroccan and 159…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Immigrants, Correlation, Foreign Countries
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Keijsers, Loes; Frijns, Tom; Branje, Susan J. T.; Meeus, Wim – Developmental Psychology, 2009
This 4-wave study among 309 Dutch adolescents and their parents examined changes in adolescent disclosure, parental solicitation, and parental control and their links with the development of delinquent activities. Annually, adolescents and both parents reported on adolescent disclosure, parental solicitation, and parental control, and adolescents…
Descriptors: Delinquency, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Adolescents, Foreign Countries
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Neumann, Anna; van Lier, Pol A. C.; Frijns, Tom; Meeus, Wim; Koot, Hans M. – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2011
This study examined the role of the level and variability of happiness, anger, anxiety, and sadness in the development of adolescent-reported anxiety disorder symptoms, depressive symptoms, and aggressive behavior in 452 adolescents (250 male) followed from age 13 to 14. Level and between-day variability of emotions were assessed through…
Descriptors: Anxiety Disorders, Intervals, Aggression, Early Adolescents
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Keijsers, Loes; Branje, Susan; Hawk, Skyler T.; Schwartz, Seth J.; Frijns, Tom; Koot, Hans M.; van Lier, Pol; Meeus, Wim – Child Development, 2012
Spending leisure time with deviant peers may have strong influences on adolescents' delinquency. The current 3-wave multi-informant study examined how parental control and parental prohibition of friendships relate to these undesirable peer influences. To this end, annual questionnaires were administered to 497 Dutch youths (283 boys, mean age =…
Descriptors: Delinquency, Leisure Time, Friendship, Adolescents
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Branje, Susan J. T.; Hale, William W., III; Frijns, Tom; Meeus, Wim H. J. – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2010
This longitudinal study examined bidirectional paths between perceived parent-adolescent relationship quality and depressive symptoms, as well as the moderating role of sex, age, and personality type. 1313 Dutch adolescents (51% girls) from two cohorts (923 12-year olds and 390 16-year olds at Wave 1) reported on their personality, depressive…
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Personality, Adolescents
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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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Defoe, Ivy N.; Keijsers, Loes; Hawk, Skyler T.; Branje, Susan; Dubas, Judith Semon; Buist, Kirsten; Frijns, Tom; van Aken, Marcel A. G.; Koot, Hans M.; van Lier, Pol A. C.; Meeus, Wim – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2013
Background: It is well documented that friends' externalizing problems and negative parent-child interactions predict externalizing problems in adolescence, but relatively little is known about the role of siblings. This four-wave, multi-informant study investigated linkages of siblings' externalizing problems and sibling-adolescent negative…
Descriptors: Sibling Relationship, Siblings, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence
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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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Hale, William W., III; Keijsers, Loes; Klimstra, Theo A.; Raaijmakers, Quinten A. W.; Hawk, Skyler; Branje, Susan J. T.; Frijns, Tom; Wijsbroek, Saskia A. M.; van Lier, Pol; Meeus, Wim H. J. – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2011
Background: In previous studies, maternal expressed emotion (EE) has been found to be a good predictor of the course of adolescent internalizing and externalizing symptoms. However, these studies have been cross-section as opposed to longitudinal. The goal of this study is to examine longitudinal data of perceived maternal EE and adolescent…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Mothers, Structural Equation Models, Longitudinal Studies