The study was supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, and the preparation of this article was supported by National Institute of Mental Health through Family Research Consortium IV postdoctoral fellowship awarded to the first author. We are grateful to anonymous reviewers for valuable comments on this manuscript and the first author would like to also thank Research Institute of Human Ecology at Seoul National University for additional support.
Reciprocal Associations Between Family and Peer Conflict in Adolescents’ Daily Lives
Article first published online: 27 JUL 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Child Development © 2011 Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 82, Issue 5, pages 1390–1396, September/October 2011
How to Cite
Chung, G. H., Flook, L. and Fuligni, A. J. (2011), Reciprocal Associations Between Family and Peer Conflict in Adolescents’ Daily Lives. Child Development, 82: 1390–1396. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01625.x
- Issue published online: 7 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 27 JUL 2011
Using a daily diary method, this study assessed daily episodes of family and peer conflict among 578 adolescents in the 9th grade to examine potential bidirectional associations between the family and peer domains. Adolescents completed a daily diary checklist at the end of each day over a 14-day period to report events of conflict and their emotional states for a given day. Overall, the within-person models provided evidence for the bidirectional nature of family peer linkages across gender and ethnicity. Adolescents experienced more peer conflict on days in which they argued with parents or other family members, and vice versa. Effect of family conflict further spilled over into peer relationships the next day and 2 days later, whereas peer conflict predicted only the following day family conflict. Adolescents’ emotional distress partially explained these short-term spillovers between family and peer conflict.