Interpersonal relationships and emotional distress in adolescence

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Title: Interpersonal relationships and emotional distress in adolescence
Authors: Kenny, Rachel
Dooley, Barbara A.
Fitzgerald, Amanda
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Date: Apr-2013
Abstract: The aim of this study was to examine positive and negative qualities in adolescents' interpersonal relationships and their relative importance in predicting emotional distress. Participants were 260 students from three schools in the Dublin area (119 girls; 141 boys), aged 12-18 years (M = 15.32, SD = 1.91). Students completed questionnaires assessing qualities in important interpersonal relationships in their lives and emotional distress. Girls reported more positive qualities in their relationships with mothers and best friends than boys. Younger students reported more positive qualities in their relationships with parents than older students. Stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed high levels of satisfaction in interpersonal relationships were predictive of low levels of emotional distress whereas high levels of criticism and exclusion were predictive of high levels of distress. High levels of support and disclosure were also linked to emotional distress. These findings and their implications are discussed in detail.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Copyright (published version): 2013 The Foundation for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Interpersonal relationships;Relationship quality;Emotional distress;Adolescence
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2012.12.005
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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