The contribution of affective reactions and relationship qualities to adolescents' reported responses to parents

Alan Russell, Elaine Searcy

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    Abstract

    We examined influences on reciprocity in early adolescents' responses to parental behavior presented in vignettes. The parent behaviors were either warm/affectionate or mildly controlling, and the influence of the following were investigated: (a) adolescents' affective reactions to the parental behavior, (b) their perceptions of the degree of parental acceptance, and (c) relationship type (birth-parent vs stepparent). Relationship type made little independent contribution to the adolescents' reported responses. Both affective reactions and perceptions of acceptance contributed to reported responses, depending on the parental behavior and the type of response. The results suggest that reciprocity in adolescents' responses to parents can occur through the return of perceived parental behavior or through the return of perceived relationship qualities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)539-548
    Number of pages10
    JournalJOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
    Volume14
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 1997

    Keywords

    • Parent-adolescent relationships
    • Reciprocity
    • Stepparents

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