Paul Schrodt and Andrew M. Ledbetter, Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University.
Parental confirmation as a mitigator of feeling caught and family satisfaction
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2011
Copyright © 2011 IARR
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 146–161, March 2012
How to Cite
SCHRODT, P. and LEDBETTER, A. M. (2012), Parental confirmation as a mitigator of feeling caught and family satisfaction. Personal Relationships, 19: 146–161. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01345.x
- Issue published online: 1 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2011
This study tested parental confirmation as a mitigator of the inverse association between young adults' feelings of being caught and family satisfaction. Participants included 567 young adult children from intact and divorced families. Results indicated that mother's confirmation mitigated the inverse association between feeling caught and family satisfaction for young adults from divorced families. Family satisfaction was lowest in divorced families when young adults felt caught and their fathers were disconfirming, though young adults in intact families reported even less satisfaction in such a communicative context. Importantly, mother confirmation was more predictive of family satisfaction in divorced families than in intact families, whereas father confirmation was more predictive of family satisfaction than mother confirmation for young adults in intact families.