Conversation and Conformity Orientations as Predictors of Observed Conflict Tactics in Parent-Adolescent Discussions

Alan Sillars, Amanda J. Holman, Adam Richards, Kimberly Ann Jacobs, Ascan Koerner, Ashlynn Reynolds-Dyk

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Abstract

This research considers how observed tactics and patterns in parent-adolescent conflict relate to family orientations toward communication. Fifty families (mother, father, and mid-adolescent child) discussed family changes desired by each person. In high versus low conformity families, parents (fathers especially) pressured more, were more confrontational, and were less conciliatory, whereas children were less analytic and more apt to withdraw in response to parental demand. Fathers were especially conciliatory and analytic in families that combined high conversation orientation and low conformity (i.e., the pluralistic family type). The results confirm expected associations between family communication orientations and observed conflict patterns, suggesting that basic orientations to communication affect how families adapt to the communicative challenges of adolescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-31
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Communication
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

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Funding Information:
The research was assisted by a grant from the University of Montana to Alan Sillars.

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