Adolescents' perceptions of communication with parents relative to specific aspects of relationships with parents and personal development

J Adolesc. 1998 Jun;21(3):305-22. doi: 10.1006/jado.1998.0155.


Adolescents' views of communication with their parents are examined in relation to measures of family satisfaction, adolescent decision-making and disagreement with parents (Study I), and to measures of self-esteem, well-being and coping (Study II). The results provide some support for the psychometric qualities of the Parent-Adolescent Communication Scale (PACS) and suggest that good family communication is associated with satisfaction with the family and with lack of disagreement between adolescents and parents. They also indicate a positive association between family communication and adolescent self-esteem, certain aspects of adolescent well-being and type of coping strategy employed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Decision Making
  • Family / psychology
  • Family Relations
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Self Concept*
  • Sex Factors