Title

The Role of Communication in Meeting Adolescents' Relational Expectations about the Parent-Child Relationship: Satisfying Teenagers

Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

2001

Conference Name

National Communication Association Annual Convention

Conference Location

Atlanta, GA

Abstract

This study endeavored to extend earlier findings with elementary and college aged students. In earlier studies, conversation orientation was found to play a significant role in helping meet children's parent-child relational expectations and in their satisfaction with family life. Adolescence, with its inherent struggles towards independence and adulthood, provided a more stringent test of these hypotheses. However, once again, conversation orientation was correlated with higher satisfaction with family life and less difference between expected and actual relational behaviors. Even teenagers find being able to talk with parents satisfying to some extent.

Disciplines

Communication

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