Adolescents Perceptions of the Nature of Their Communication with Parents

Noller, P and Callan, VJ (1990) Adolescents Perceptions of the Nature of Their Communication with Parents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 19 4: 349-362. doi:10.1007/BF01537077


Author Noller, P
Callan, VJ
Title Adolescents Perceptions of the Nature of Their Communication with Parents
Journal name Journal of Youth and Adolescence   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0047-2891
Publication date 1990-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF01537077
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 349
End page 362
Total pages 14
Language eng
Abstract This study examines the effects of the age and sex of adolescent and the sex of parent upon adolescents' perceptions of the nature of their communication with each parent. Two hundred and ninety-six adolescents aged 13-17 years completed a communication schedule, rating 14 content areas along six process dimensions: frequency of conversation, initiator, levels of recognition of adolescents' opinion, self-disclosure, domination, and levels of satisfaction. Multivariate analyses of variance were conducted separately for each process dimension. Frequency ratings revealed that adolescent females of all ages reported talking more often with mothers than did adolescent males. Adolescent males, however, believed they talked more often than did females with fathers about interests, sexual issues, and general problems. Mothers were seen to initiate more conversations than fathers on a wide range of topics. Mothers were also perceived as more likely to recognize and accept the adolescents' opinions. Adolescent females believed they disclosed more to mothers than fathers, but males believed they disclosed equally to both parents. Males disclosed more to fathers than did females about their sexual or other problems, while females disclosed more often overall to their mothers than did males. Adolescent males were equally satisfied with their discussions with both parents, but females were more satisfied about conversations with mothers rather than fathers. In sum, the results suggest that mothers' more frequent initiation of discussions with their younger adolescents and their greater recognition of their opinions lead to older adolescents interacting more with mothers than fathers.
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