Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1997

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Rand D. Conger

Abstract

This study explores the possibility that attributions in close relationships are transmitted intergenerationally. Using structural equation modeling with 380 intact families, we found that the relationship between parent attributions regarding an adolescent child and the adolescent's attributions regarding a sibling is mediated by the level of observed negative behavior the parents direct toward the adolescent. Parent attributions of intent for adolescent misbehavior are related to increasing negativity in parents' behavior, even after controlling for the adolescent's observed behavior. Parents' negative behavior is related to increases in adolescent negative attributions regarding a sibling, even after controlling for the sibling's observed behavior. Tests of causal direction reveal that parent attributions and parent behavior have an equal influence on each other. Implications for intervention are discussed.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-13499

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Lisa Suzanne Matthews

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9737736

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

97 pages

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