A longitudinal study of the associations among adolescent conflict resolution styles, depressive symptoms, and romantic relationship longevity

Thao Ha, Geertjan Overbeek, Antonius H.N. Cillessen, Rutger C.M.E. Engels

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Abstract

This study investigated whether adolescents' conflict resolution styles mediated between depressive symptoms and relationship longevity. Data were used from a sample of 80 couples aged 13-19 years old (Mage = 15.48, SD = 1.16). At Time 1 adolescents reported their depressive symptoms and conflict resolution styles. Additionally, time until break-up was assessed. Data were analyzed using actor-partner interdependence models. Results showed no support for conflict resolution styles as mediators. Girls' depressive symptoms were directly related to shorter relationships. Additionally, actor effects were found indicating that boys and girls with more depressive symptoms used negative resolution styles and were less likely to employ positive problems solving strategies. Finally, one partner effect was found: girls' depressive symptoms related to more positive problem solving in boys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1247-1254
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Actor-partner interdependence model
  • Adolescent romantic relationships
  • Conflict resolution styles
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Romantic relationship longevity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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