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Parental confirmation as a mitigator of feeling caught and family satisfaction

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  • PAUL SCHRODT,

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    1. Texas Christian University
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    • Paul Schrodt and Andrew M. Ledbetter, Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University.

  • ANDREW M. LEDBETTER

    1. Texas Christian University
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    • Paul Schrodt and Andrew M. Ledbetter, Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University.


Paul Schrodt, Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University, PO Box 298045, Fort Worth, TX 76129, e-mail: p.schrodt@tcu.edu.

Abstract

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.

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