The nonlinear dynamics of family problem solving in adolescence: The predictive validity of a peaceful resolution attractor

Thomas J. Dishion, Marion Forgatch, Mark Van Ryzin, Charlotte Winter

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Abstract

In this study we examined the videotaped family interactions of a community sample of adolescents and their parents. Youths were assessed in early to late adolescence on their levels of antisocial behavior. At age 16-17, youths and their parents were videotaped interacting while completing a variety of tasks, including family problem solving. The interactions were coded and compared for three developmental patterns of antisocial behavior: early onset, persistent; adolescence onset; and typically developing. The mean duration of conflict bouts was the only interaction pattern that discriminated the 3 groups. In the prediction of future antisocial behavior, parent and youth reports of transition entropy and conflict resolution interacted to account for antisocial behavior at age 18-19. Families with low entropy and peaceful resolutions predicted low levels of youth antisocial behavior at age 18-19. These findings suggest the need to study both attractors and repellers to understand family dynamics associated with health and social and emotional development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-352
Number of pages22
JournalNonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences
Volume16
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Antisocial behavior
  • Coercion theory
  • Entropy
  • Nonlinear dynamics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics

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