But we still loved each other: preadolescents' and adolescents' individuation and connectedness in the narratives about conflicts with parents and friends

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Publication Type dissertation
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Psychology
Author Komolova, Mariya
Title But we still loved each other: preadolescents' and adolescents' individuation and connectedness in the narratives about conflicts with parents and friends
Date 2011-08
Description This study examined preadolescents' and adolescents' narratives about their interpersonal conflicts with parents and friends as a window into the processes of the youths' individuation and connectedness in these close relationships. One hundred eight participants, 18 males and 18 females in each of three age groups (ages 10, 14, and 17), provided three narrative accounts relating to a time when they disagreed with their mother, their father, and their best friend. It was found that the youths' conceptions of their individuation and connectedness increased in complexity with age. Relationship context; differences were also found for both individuation and connectedness: Allusions to individuated desires were more common in the child-parent than the friendship narratives, and allusions to connectedness were more common in the friendship than in the child-parent narratives. Additionally, girls referred to disturbances in their connectedness to others more frequently than boys. The findings contribute to our understanding of the facilitative role of conflicts for individuation and connectedness processes across development as well as the ways in which different relationships provide somewhat different, but to an extent overlapping, context;s for these developmental processes.
Type Text
Publisher University of Utah
Subject Adolescents; Children; Conflicts; Connectedness; Individuation; Relationships
Dissertation Institution University of Utah
Dissertation Name Doctor of Philosophy
Language eng
Rights Management Copyright © Mariya Komolova 2011
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 382,619 bytes
Identifier us-etd3,54292
ARK ark:/87278/s6ff473s
Setname ir_etd
Date Created 2012-04-24
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 194755
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ff473s
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