The Influence of Parent-Child Conflict Intensity and Frequency in Social-Cognitive Domains on the Psycho-Behavioural Consequences in Adolescents

Marius Marici


There is an ongoing debate in scientific literature concerning what variables contribute the most to conflict incidence. The purpose of this present paper is to establish the conflict stimuli in the social-cognitive domains and to investigate the child outcomes measured by ASEBA, as the result of conflict intensity and frequency in the social-cognitive domains. In order to determine the social-cognitive domains we used the Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis as well as auto-reported questionnaires for data collection. The results indicated an effect pattern from low to high conflict intensity but not in conflict frequency. It seems that the continuation of the analysis in the social-cognitive domains did not bring any changes in previous child negative outcome patterns. These findings indicate that emotion-related variables have a high explanatory power in parent-adolescent conflict incidence.

conflict intensity; parent-child relationship; Social-Cognitive Domain Theory; internalizing and externalizing outcomes.

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