Adolescents' Emotional Reactivity Across Relationship Contexts

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Bethany L. Blair (Creator)
Cheryl A. Buehler, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Adolescents' emotional reactivity in family, close friendships, and romantic relationships was examined in a community-based sample of 416 two-parent families. Six waves of annual data were analyzed using structural equation modeling. Emotional reactivity to interparental conflict during early adolescence was associated prospectively with adolescents' reactivity to conflict in friendships and romantic relationships during middle adolescence. Close friendship reactivity partially explained the prospective association between reactivity to interparental conflict and romantic relationship reactivity. The association between perceived emotional reactivity and relationship conflict was stronger for girls than boys. Results have important developmental implications regarding adolescents' emotional reactivity across salient interpersonal contexts during adolescence.

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Developmental Psychology, 49(2), 341-352
Language: English
Date: 2013
adolescence, close friendships, emotional reactivity, family, romantic relationships, sex differences

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