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08-07-2024 | Empirical Research

Longitudinal Associations among Psychological Control, Positive and Negative Interactions, and Adolescents’ Domain-Specific Disclosure to Parents

Auteurs: Ge Song, Judith G. Smetana

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence

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Abstract

Although much research has shown that parental psychological control undermines adolescents’ routine disclosure to parents, past research has not examined whether the effects of psychological control on disclosure are domain-specific and mediated by the quality of adolescents’ interactions with mothers and fathers. The present one-year longitudinal study examined whether parental support and negative interactions with each parent mediated longitudinal associations between adolescents’ ratings of psychological control and adolescents’ disclosure about routine prudential, personal, and multifaceted activities, as defined by social domain theory. These issues were examined over one year in 174 mostly White (74%), U.S. middle class middle adolescents (M = 15.70 years, SD = 0.63, 83 males). Greater parental psychological control was associated over time with less disclosure to both parents about personal activities and less disclosure to fathers about multifaceted issues. Perceived declines in support fully mediated the effects of psychological control on adolescent disclosure to mothers about personal issues and partially mediated the effects on disclosure to fathers about personal and multifaceted issues. In addition, negative interactions led to decreased disclosure about prudential issues. Thus, perceived psychological control and relationship quality had domain-specific and parent-specific longitudinal effects on adolescent disclosure to parents about their routine activities.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Longitudinal Associations among Psychological Control, Positive and Negative Interactions, and Adolescents’ Domain-Specific Disclosure to Parents
Auteurs
Ge Song
Judith G. Smetana
Publicatiedatum
08-07-2024
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-024-02050-2