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J Adolesc. 2008 Dec;31(6):671-90. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2008.10.003. Epub 2008 Nov 6.

Within-family conflict behaviors as predictors of conflict in adolescent romantic relations.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Severance Laboratory, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074, USA. Nancy.Darling@oberlin.edu

Abstract

Continuity in conflict behaviors from (a) adolescents' behavior with parents and their behavior with romantic partners and (b) from parents' marriage to adolescents' romantic relationships were examined in a sample of 58 mother-father-adolescent families and the adolescents' romantic partners. The social relations model was used to analyze within-family reports of own and partner conflict behavior. Mother-father consensus about adolescents' use of physical aggression was associated with romantic partners' reports of adolescents' physical aggression. Less functional behaviors observed during observed marital conflict were associated with a range of less functional conflict behaviors in adolescents' observed interactions with romantic partners, including withdrawal, verbal aggression, negativity, ineffective problem solving, and low cohesion. Within-family conflict and methodological issues in the use of partner and self-reports of conflict behaviors are discussed.

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