Adolescent and parent temperaments as predictors of the quality of parent-adolescent relations were examined. Participants were 88 seventh-grade adolescents and their mothers and fathers. All three family members provided reports of their own levels of activity and adaptability. Mothers, fathers, and adolescents also reported on acceptance, psychological control, lax discipline, and conflict in the parent-adolescent dyad. Multivariate multiple regressions with follow-up univariate tests indicated a complex set of relations between adolescent and parent temperaments and parent-adolescent relations. In some cases, parent and adolescent temperaments interacted to predict specific aspects of parent-adolescent relations. There were also gender-of-parent and gender-of-adolescent differences in the associations between temperament and parent-adolescent relations. These results are consistent with the goodness-of-fit model of temperament.
Galambos, Nancy L. and Turner, Pamela K.
"Parent and Adolescent Temperaments
and the Quality of Parent-Adolescent Relations,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 45
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol45/iss3/8