Adolescent–Parent Communication in a Digital World: Differences by Family Communication Patterns

Jessica H Rudi, Amy Walkner, Jodi Dworkin

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We examined how family communication patterns (FCPs) are associated with frequency of adolescent–parent communication in person, over the phone, via text message, and via email. Adolescents (N = 195) aged 13 to 18 completed an online survey assessing FCPs and frequency of communication methods used with parents. The results revealed that both frequency and method of communication differed by general FCPs; adolescents in higher conformity families reported less frequent text messaging with mothers than adolescents in lower conformity families, and adolescents in higher conversation families (mothers only) and lower conformity families reported more frequent email communication with parents. Results set the stage for future research to further explore the processes and outcomes of adolescent–parent communication through communication technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)811-828
Number of pages18
JournalYouth and Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

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The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by a Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station grant to the third author.

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  • communication technology
  • communication theory
  • computer-mediated communication
  • family communication
  • family communication patterns


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