The Family Communication Sourcebook provides an in-depth examination of contemporary theory and research in the area of family communication. This unique collection offers a state-of-the art approach by pairing conceptual pieces with original studies in the same general topic area. Editors Lynn H. Turner and Richard West present readers with a thoughtful and thorough exploration of the critical issues facing family communication researchers today.

Family Conflict and Adolescents

Family Conflict and Adolescents

Family conflict and adolescents
PatriciaNollerUniversity of Queensland, Australia
SharonAtkinUniversity of Queensland, Australia
Judith A.FeeneyUniversity of Queensland, Australia
CandidaPetersonUniversity of Queensland, Australia

As Roloff and Miller discussed in the previous chapter, there is no doubt conflict is a pervasive feature of family life that can have beneficial or harmful effects depending on how it is expressed and how (or if) it is resolved (Noller & Fitzpatrick, 1993). This is especially the case in adolescence. Evidence suggests that conflict with parents tends to increase at that stage of child development (Steinberg, 1991), at least partly because adolescents come to see their parents' rules and demands as less legitimate and more arbitrary (Smetana, 1988) than they did when they were younger. In addition, family conflict has been found

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