Human Development and Family Studies, Kent State University, 135 Nixson Hall, Kent, OH 44242-0001.
Responsiveness in Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Are Influences Conditional? Does the Reporter Matter?
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
© National Council on Family Relations, 2008
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 70, Issue 4, pages 1015–1029, November 2008
How to Cite
Bogenschneider, K. and Pallock, L. (2008), Responsiveness in Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Are Influences Conditional? Does the Reporter Matter?. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 1015–1029. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2008.00543.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2008
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2008
- dyadic data;
- family process;
- parent-adolescent relations
This paper examines conditional and reporter effects of parental responsiveness using survey data from White 8th to 12th graders (N = 440) and their parents (N = 511). Adolescent reports of maternal and paternal responsiveness predicted higher GPAs, fewer delinquent behaviors, and less internal distress. Mothers’ and fathers’ reports of responsiveness were positively associated with adolescent responsibility. Looking within families, the more dissimilar mother and adolescent reports were, the more internal distress daughters reported. Looking across families, mothers’ responsiveness was associated with higher GPAs and fathers’ responsiveness was associated with lower substance use, but only for adolescents who reported less responsiveness than their parents and peers. The findings suggest using a single reporter to describe a relationship property is incomplete.