Predicting adolescents’ parent–child relationship quality from parental personality, marital conflict and adolescents’ personality

Harald Werneck, Maximilian Oscar Eder, Takuya Yanagida, Brigitte Rollett

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Abstract

Longitudinal influences on the relationships between parents and their adolescent children in 175 Austrian families were analysed with data from three measurement points over a time span of 18 years. We investigated the influences of parental personality, marital conflict and adolescents' personality on the father-child and mother-child relationships separately. Inconsistent with previous theories and empirical findings, we found almost no associations between parental personality and parent-child relationships. Marital conflict was associated with only the father-child relationship. Children's personality showed the most consistent associations with the parent-child relationship. Our data support the theory of dynamic interactionism, which postulates an interdependency of personality factors and social relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-176
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Developmental Psychology
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Adolescents' personality
  • Father-child relationship
  • Marital conflict
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Parental personality

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