Adolescent-parent interactions in middle-class African American families: longitudinal change and contextual variations.


Journal Article

Family interactions were examined longitudinally over 2 years in 79 middle-class African American families with early adolescents. Mothers and adolescents (as well as fathers and adolescents and triads in 2-parent families) were videotaped discussing a conflict for 10 min. A macro-coding system (J. G. Smetana, J. Yau, A. Restrepo, & J. L. Braeges, 1991) was modified to be culturally sensitive to African American families. Interaction ratings were reduced, through principal-components analyses, into composite variables. After control for family income, mothers' communication in triadic interactions became less positive over time. Both mothers' and fathers' communication was more positive in dyadic than triadic interactions. In triadic interactions, mothers validated sons more than daughters, and in dyadic interactions with either parent, boys were more receptive to parents than were girls. Findings extend previous research on adolescent-parent relationships to African American families.

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Cited Authors

  • Smetana, JG; Abernethy, A; Harris, A

Published Date

  • September 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 458 - 474

PubMed ID

  • 11025935

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11025935

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1293

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0893-3200

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037//0893-3200.14.3.458


  • eng