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Adolescent and parental perceptions of interparental conflict

Davern, Melanie T., Staiger, Petra K. and Luk, Ernest S. L. 2005, Adolescent and parental perceptions of interparental conflict, E-journal of applied psychology, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 21-26.

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Title Adolescent and parental perceptions of interparental conflict
Author(s) Davern, Melanie T.
Staiger, Petra K.ORCID iD for Staiger, Petra K. orcid.org/0000-0002-6968-5015
Luk, Ernest S. L.
Journal name E-journal of applied psychology
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 21
End page 26
Publisher Swinburne University of Technology
Place of publication Hawthorn, Vic.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1832-7931
Keyword(s) adjustment
adolescents
interpersonal conflict
family functioning
Summary Research indicates adolescent adjustment problems are associated with high levels of interparental conflict. This study examined parents’ and adolescents’ perceptions of interparental conflict and the relationship of these perceptions to adolescent adjustment through a survey of adolescent secondary students and their parents. Sixty-two adolescents and 62 parents participated in the study. Adolescents completed three self-report measures of psychological adjustment, a demographic questionnaire and the Consensus and Cohesion subscales of the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS). Parents completed the same subscales of the DAS and a demographic questionnaire. There were no significant differences between the levels of interparental conflict perceived by adolescents and parents. However, adolescent perceptions of interparental conflict were a better predictor of adolescent psychological adjustment when compared to parental perceptions of conflict. The results of this study emphasise the importance of adolescent perceptions of interparental conflict, and provide support for both parental and adolescent reports of family functioning to be taken into account in future clinical studies.
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Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Swinburne University of Technology
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003391

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