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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 9/2015

01-09-2015 | Empirical Research

Understanding How Mindful Parenting May Be Linked to Mother–Adolescent Communication

Auteurs: Melissa A. Lippold, Larissa G. Duncan, J. Douglas Coatsworth, Robert L. Nix, Mark T. Greenberg

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 9/2015

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Abstract

Researchers have sought to understand the processes that may promote effective parent–adolescent communication because of the strong links to adolescent adjustment. Mindfulness, a relatively new construct in Western psychology that derives from ancient Eastern traditions, has been shown to facilitate communication and to be beneficial when applied in the parenting context. In this article, we tested if and how mindful parenting was linked to routine adolescent disclosure and parental solicitation within a longitudinal sample of rural and suburban, early adolescents and their mothers (n = 432; mean adolescent age = 12.14, 46 % male, 72 % Caucasian). We found that three factors—negative parental reactions to disclosure, adolescent feelings of parental over-control, and the affective quality of the parent–adolescent relationship—mediated the association between mindful parenting and adolescent disclosure and parental solicitation. Results suggest that mindful parenting may improve mother–adolescent communication by reducing parental negative reactions to information, adolescent perceptions of over-control, and by improving the affective quality of the parent–adolescent relationship. The discussion highlights intervention implications and future directions for research.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Understanding How Mindful Parenting May Be Linked to Mother–Adolescent Communication
Auteurs
Melissa A. Lippold
Larissa G. Duncan
J. Douglas Coatsworth
Robert L. Nix
Mark T. Greenberg
Publicatiedatum
01-09-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 9/2015
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-015-0325-x