Teen Dating Relationships: How Daily Conflicts Are Associated to Relationship Satisfaction

Teen Dating Relationships: How Daily Conflicts Are Associated to Relationship Satisfaction

Teen Dating Relationships: How Daily Conflicts Are Associated to Relationship Satisfaction

Teen Dating Relationships: How Daily Conflicts Are Associated to Relationship Satisfactions

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Todorov, Emily-Helen, Paradis, Alison et Godbout, Natacha. 2021. «Teen Dating Relationships: How Daily Conflicts Are Associated to Relationship Satisfaction ». Journal of Youth and Adolescence, vol. 50, no 8, p. 1510-1520.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«The goal of this study was to examine how disagreements are related to relationship satisfaction in dating adolescents at both the within- and between-subjects levels.» (p. 1512)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«It was expected that on days when adolescents reported disagreements, did not resolve their disagreements, and used less constructive and more destructive strategies than usual, they would report being less satisfied […].» (p. 1512) Also, «[i]t was expected that adolescents who report more frequent disagreements, less frequently resolved disagreements, greater use of destructive strategies, and lesser use of constructive strategies than their peers to also report lower overall satisfaction than them […].» (p. 1512)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
«A sample of 186 adolescents (104 girls; 82 boys) was recruited through educational institutions in the Montreal Metropolitan Area, as well as through online ads on Facebook.» (p. 1512) The participants were all in a relationship for at least 1 month.

Instruments :
Questionnaires

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


The results of the study show that «[a]dolescents reported on average 0.23 conflicts per day with a romantic partner […].» (p. 1515) «This study’s findings demonstrate that in adolescence more frequent disagreements with a romantic partner over the course of 2 weeks is associated with poorer relationship satisfaction. More importantly, in line with the emitted hypotheses, experiencing a disagreement with a boyfriend or girlfriend on a given day is related to lower relationship satisfaction on that same day.» (p. 1515) «In terms of differences between individuals, this study did not, however, find that adolescents who report more frequently resolved disagreements with a boyfriend or girlfriend over a period of 14 days were more satisfied with their relationship. An explanation for this finding may be that resolving a disagreement is a factor that has more implications for adolescents’ relationship well-being in the short-term. Building on this, the results of this study revealed a significant within-subjects association for disagreement resolution, such that a resolved conflict on a given-day is related to greater same-day satisfaction.» (p. 1515)