Measurement of Parent-Adolescent Communication

The Family Coordinator, Vol. 18, No. 2. (Apr., 1969), pp. 117-121.

Millard J. Bienvenu, Sr.

A study of 376 high school students suggests significant contrasts in patterns and degrees of communication and the utility of an instrument to measure parentadolescent communication. Good listening habits, freedom of expression, understanding, and acceptance are associated with a higher degree of communication whereas criticism, sarcasm, lack of trust and lack of acceptance of the adolescent are associated with a significantly lower degree of communication. Implications of findings are drawn for family life education, teaching, counseling and family research.

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