Misattributions contributing to empathic (in)accuracy during parent-adolescent conflict discussions

Alan Sillars, Traci Smith, Ascan Koerner

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 22 Citations

Abstract

This research examined the content of self-reported thoughts and thoughts attributed to others during video-assisted recall of parent-adolescent conflict discussions. We hypothesized that parents and adolescents tend to frame family conflicts differently and thereby misattribute certain thoughts to one another. Coded thoughts revealed that parents over-attributed negative and avoidance thoughts to adolescents, overlooked admissions by adolescents, and over-attributed agreement to their spouse, relative to the thoughts that others reported for self. Conversely, adolescents over-attributed controlling thoughts to parents. Parents and adolescents focused on different aspects of the discussions, with parents thinking more about interaction processes and adolescents thinking more about content issues. Both seemed to lack meta-awareness of this difference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-747
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Fingerprint

adolescent
Conflict (Psychology)
conflict
discussion
Thinking
thinking
content
Family Conflict
Ego
Spouses
spouse
video
interaction
family
process
research

Keywords

  • adolescent
  • communication
  • conflict
  • empathic accuracy
  • parent
  • parent-child conflict
  • understanding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

Cite this

Misattributions contributing to empathic (in)accuracy during parent-adolescent conflict discussions. / Sillars, Alan; Smith, Traci; Koerner, Ascan.

In: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2010, p. 727-747.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sillars, Alan; Smith, Traci; Koerner, Ascan / Misattributions contributing to empathic (in)accuracy during parent-adolescent conflict discussions.

In: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2010, p. 727-747.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{6744f6f3adc3425abc537d5a06d11edf,
title = "Misattributions contributing to empathic (in)accuracy during parent-adolescent conflict discussions",
abstract = "This research examined the content of self-reported thoughts and thoughts attributed to others during video-assisted recall of parent-adolescent conflict discussions. We hypothesized that parents and adolescents tend to frame family conflicts differently and thereby misattribute certain thoughts to one another. Coded thoughts revealed that parents over-attributed negative and avoidance thoughts to adolescents, overlooked admissions by adolescents, and over-attributed agreement to their spouse, relative to the thoughts that others reported for self. Conversely, adolescents over-attributed controlling thoughts to parents. Parents and adolescents focused on different aspects of the discussions, with parents thinking more about interaction processes and adolescents thinking more about content issues. Both seemed to lack meta-awareness of this difference.",
keywords = "adolescent, communication, conflict, empathic accuracy, parent, parent-child conflict, understanding",
author = "Alan Sillars and Traci Smith and Ascan Koerner",
year = "2010",
doi = "10.1177/0265407510373261",
volume = "27",
pages = "727--747",
journal = "Journal of Social and Personal Relationships",
issn = "0265-4075",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Misattributions contributing to empathic (in)accuracy during parent-adolescent conflict discussions

AU - Sillars,Alan

AU - Smith,Traci

AU - Koerner,Ascan

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - This research examined the content of self-reported thoughts and thoughts attributed to others during video-assisted recall of parent-adolescent conflict discussions. We hypothesized that parents and adolescents tend to frame family conflicts differently and thereby misattribute certain thoughts to one another. Coded thoughts revealed that parents over-attributed negative and avoidance thoughts to adolescents, overlooked admissions by adolescents, and over-attributed agreement to their spouse, relative to the thoughts that others reported for self. Conversely, adolescents over-attributed controlling thoughts to parents. Parents and adolescents focused on different aspects of the discussions, with parents thinking more about interaction processes and adolescents thinking more about content issues. Both seemed to lack meta-awareness of this difference.

AB - This research examined the content of self-reported thoughts and thoughts attributed to others during video-assisted recall of parent-adolescent conflict discussions. We hypothesized that parents and adolescents tend to frame family conflicts differently and thereby misattribute certain thoughts to one another. Coded thoughts revealed that parents over-attributed negative and avoidance thoughts to adolescents, overlooked admissions by adolescents, and over-attributed agreement to their spouse, relative to the thoughts that others reported for self. Conversely, adolescents over-attributed controlling thoughts to parents. Parents and adolescents focused on different aspects of the discussions, with parents thinking more about interaction processes and adolescents thinking more about content issues. Both seemed to lack meta-awareness of this difference.

KW - adolescent

KW - communication

KW - conflict

KW - empathic accuracy

KW - parent

KW - parent-child conflict

KW - understanding

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=77956844710&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=77956844710&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1177/0265407510373261

DO - 10.1177/0265407510373261

M3 - Article

VL - 27

SP - 727

EP - 747

JO - Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

T2 - Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

JF - Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

SN - 0265-4075

IS - 6

ER -