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I Feel Good At Home And With Myself: How Does Dyadic Companionship Within The Family Affect Adolescents’ Well-Being?

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  • Sara Alfieri

    () (Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Department of Psychology)

  • Sonia Ranieri

    () (Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Department of Psychology)

  • Maura Pozzi

    () (Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Department of Psychology)

  • Margherita Lanz

    () (Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Department of Psychology)

  • Elena Marta

    () (Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Department of Psychology)

  • Semira Tagliabue

    () (Universita` Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Department of Psychology, Brescia)

Abstract

Research has widely underscored that the quality of the parent-child relationship affects the success with which young people negotiate the major tasks of adolescence, the extent to which they become involved in risk behaviors, and their ability to establish close relationships. Literature has also increasingly shown the effects played by parents’ marital relationship on the development of their adolescent children. Starting from a view of family as a social organization, the purpose of this study was to investigate the kind of relations existing between dyadic family and both adolescents’ individual and family well-being. Participants were 118 family triads (father, mother, son/daughter) with an adolescent child, for a total of 354 people. Findings showed that marital relationship companionship was not significantly related to adolescents’ well-being, whereas parentchild relationship was. Moreover, individual adolescents’ well-being was related to both fatherchild and mother-child companionship whreas adolescents’ family well-being was only related to father-child companionship.

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  • Sara Alfieri & Sonia Ranieri & Maura Pozzi & Margherita Lanz & Elena Marta & Semira Tagliabue, 2016. "I Feel Good At Home And With Myself: How Does Dyadic Companionship Within The Family Affect Adolescents’ Well-Being?," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 132(1), pages 3-20.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2016:v:132:i:1:p:3-20
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    Keywords

    Well-being; Adolescence; Dyadic Family Relationships; Parent-Child Relationship; Couple Relationship.;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
    • I26 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Returns to Education
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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