|Research exploring parent and adolescent relationships in normative and clinical populations suggests that family members often have divergent perspectives. Parents who have invested time and energy in maintaining integrated family relationships are more likely to report fewer family difficulties, whereas adolescents striving for independence and increased separation from parents are more apt to have unenthusiastic opinions of family life and relationships.
Although these disparate perspectives of family functioning may be typical, they can lead to family discord, especially when household dynamics are highly conflictual and disorganized. Among families encountering significant stressors, divergent perspectives may be more pronounced. parents and adolescents have unique and often disparate views of relationships and functioning within the family. Previous research, however, has not yet explored whether parent-child differences in evaluation of family functioning are based on quantitative differences (i.e., disagreement about the familyâs score on a scale of family functioning) or qualitative differences (i.e., a divergent understanding of the meaning of family functioning as a construct).
How do Runaway Adolescents and their Parents Perceive the Family? Measurement Invariance in the Family Functioning Scale
Sanna J Thompson