Adolescents' and Parents' Avoidance Tendencies and Physiological Reactions to Discussions About Their Parents' Relationship: Implications for Post-divorced and Non-divorced Families

Tamara Afifi
Walid A. Afifi
Christopher Morse, Bryant University
K. Hamrick

Document Type Article

Published by Taylor & Francis in Communication Monographs Volume 75, Issue 3, pages 290-317.

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A model was constructed to test the argument that when the topic of the parents' relationship is introduced in conversations between parents and 'adolescents, adolescents from divorced families may be especially likely to feel caught between their parents due to a need for protection (of themselves, their parent, and their relationship), which should make them anxious (i.e., self-reported anxiety) and physiologically aroused (i.e., changes in skin conductance levels or SCL).