Attribution processes in mother-adolescent conflict

Nancy C. Grace, Mary L. Kelley, Alyson P. McCain

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Attributions reported by 115 mothers and 122 adolescents were examined as they related to family conflict. Subjects completed measures of parent-adolescent conflict (Issues Checklist, Conflict Behavior Questionnaire) and the Mother-Adolescent Attribution Questionnaire. The results revealed that parent-adolescent conflict correlated with mothers' and teenagers' negative attributions. Specifically, self-reported conflict was positively correlated with mothers' and teenagers' beliefs that one another's negative behavior was intentional, selfishly motivated, and blameworthy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-211
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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