The relation of parent-adolescent conflict to adolescent psychological well-being, school adjustment, and problem behavior

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The association between parent-adolescent conflict and adolescent adjustment was examined in 429 Chinese adolescents using children's and parents' reports of parent-adolescent conflict. Results generally showed that parent-adolescent conflict based on ratings obtained from different sources were significantly related to measures of psychological well-being (general psychiatric morbidity, life satisfaction, purpose in life, hopelessness, and self-esteem), school adjustment (perceived academic performance and school conduct) and problem behavior (smoking and psychotropic drug abuse). The findings suggest that there is an intimate link between parent-adolescent conflict and the psychosocial adjustment, particularly the positive mental health, of Chinese adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-290
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

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  • Social Psychology

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