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

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

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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
Pages (from-to)16-31
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Social Psychology

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