Emotional variability during mother-adolescent conflict interactions: Longitudinal links to adolescent disclosure and maternal control

D. Van der Giessen, S. Branje, L. Keijsers, P.A.C. van Lier, H.M. Koot, W. Meeus

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine relations of emotional variability during mother-adolescent conflict interactions in early adolescence with adolescent disclosure and maternal control in early and late adolescence. Data were used from 92 mother-adolescent dyads (M age T1=13.05; 65.20% boys) that were videotaped at T1 while discussing a conflict. Emotional variability was derived from these conflict interactions. Mothers also completed questionnaires at the start of the study (T1) and five years later (T6) on adolescent disclosure and maternal control. Path analysis showed that more emotional variability during conflict interactions in early adolescence was associated with higher levels of adolescent disclosure in early adolescence and with relative decreases in maternal control from early to late adolescence. More emotional variability of mother-adolescent dyads serves an important function in adaptively dealing with relational challenges that arise during adolescence. © 2013 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-31
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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