Adolescent Girls' Perceptions of Daily Conflicts With Their Mothers: Within-Conflict Sequences and Their Relationship to Autonomy

Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff*, Saskia Kunnen, Paul van Geert

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Abstract

This article reports on a 1-year diary study of conflicts between seventeen 15-year-old girls and their mothers assessing (a) within-conflict sequences according to the emotional processes related to a girl's level of self-assertion and perceived control and (b) the relationship between these within-conflict sequences and the level of autonomy. Based on principles of the self-regulation theory and emotion-appraisal literature, three within-conflict scenarios were hypothesized. The withdrawal and pursuit scenario came out as occurring significantly above chance level. Investigating the girls' individual conflict episodes revealed a positive association between the level of autonomy and the percentage of the pursuit scenario. Results are discussed in terms of the link between day-to-day conflict interactions and the long-term development of autonomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)527-556
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Adolescent Research
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2010

Keywords

  • parent-adolescent conflict
  • autonomy
  • perception of control
  • emotions
  • diary study
  • FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS
  • SELF-DETERMINATION
  • PERCEIVED CONTROL
  • MARITAL CONFLICT
  • EMOTION
  • SYSTEMS
  • APPRAISAL
  • CHILDREN
  • IDENTITY
  • MODEL

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