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Longitudinal assessment of autonomy and relatedness in adolescent-family interactions as predictors of adolescent ego development and self-esteem.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8131646     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined links between processes of establishing autonomy and relatedness in adolescent-family interactions and adolescents' psychosocial development. Adolescents in 2-parent families and their parents were observed in a revealed-differences interaction task when adolescents were 14, and adolescents' ego development and self-esteem were assessed at both 14 and 16. Developmental indices were strongly related to autonomy and relatedness displayed by both parents and adolescents. Significant variance was explained even after accounting for the number and quality of speeches of each family member as rated by a different, well-validated family coding system. Increases in adolescents' ego development and self-esteem over time were predicted by fathers' behaviors challenging adolescents' autonomy and relatedness, but only when these occurred in the context of fathers' overall display of autonomous-relatedness with the adolescent. The importance of the mutually negotiated process of adolescents' exploration from the secure base of parental relationships is discussed.
J P Allen; S T Hauser; K L Bell; T G O'Connor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child development     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0009-3920     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Dev     Publication Date:  1994 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-04-15     Completed Date:  1994-04-15     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372725     Medline TA:  Child Dev     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  179-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 22903.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior
Adolescent Psychology
Parent-Child Relations*
Self Concept*

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