Recurring Parent-Child Conflict: A Mediator between Parental Anger Management and Adolescent Behavior

Fam Consum Sci Res J. 2022 Sep;51(1):6-19. doi: 10.1111/fcsr.12450. Epub 2022 Aug 3.


Guided by social learning theory, this longitudinal study examined whether parent-child recurring conflict mediated the association between parental anger management, an understudied antecedent to parent-child recurring conflict, and adolescent deviant and problem-solving behaviors in 415 rural families. Parental use of anger management in 6th grade was associated with less parent-child recurring conflict in 9th grade, which was associated with more adolescent problem-solving behavior in 11th grade. Family practitioners seeking to promote adolescent problem-solving behaviors may consider teaching families strategies for reducing parent-child recurring conflict and fostering parental anger management.

Keywords: Parental anger management; deviant behavior; parent-child recurring conflict; problem-solving.