ERIC Number: EJ684765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Personality Disorder Traits During Adolescence and Relationships with Family Members During the Transition to Adulthood
Johnson, Jeffrey G.; Chen, Henian; Cohen, Patricia
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v72 n6 p923-932 Dec 2004
Data from the Children in the Community Transitions Study, a prospective longitudinal investigation, were used to examine the association between adolescent personality disorder (PD) traits and conflict with family members during the transition to adulthood. PD traits at mean age 16 years were associated with elevated contact and conflict with family members between ages 17 and 27 years after Axis I disorders were controlled. There was a significant association between frequent contact and elevated conflict with family members. Both declined gradually during the transition to adulthood. Reduced family contact was associated with reduced family conflict, particularly among individuals who had numerous PD traits during adolescence. Among individuals who had a high level of family conflict during adolescence, reduced family contact between ages 17 and 22 years was associated with a subsequent reduction in conflict with family members between ages 22 and 27 years.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Personality Problems, Conflict, Adolescents, Parent Child Relationship, Young Adults, Adolescent Development, Developmental Stages, Family Environment
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