Mental Health,  Psychology

Adolescent-Parent Verbal Conflict: The Roles Of Conversational Styles And Disgust Emotions

This is an article review; the article addresses the link between expression of some negative emotions like disgust and contempt as well as the sociolinguistic perspectives of communication between adolescents and parents putting emphasis on their different communication styles. There is a direct presentation of conflict between parents and adolescents as a result of differing communication styles and disgust emotions. It clearly portrays the generational gap and psychological disturbance as main aspects behind different communication styles that exist between the youth and parents. Conflicts between parents and adolescents is a common experience in most families. The communication styles used by parents and adolescents are different.

Adolescents talk in a way that shows overlaps, simultaneous speech and successful interruptions than their parents and especially their mothers. The communication style seen in adolescents show a great deal of repulsion coming from adolescents is easy to predict from the level of the present difference. The adolescents show their communication differences in relation to their perceptions of their levels of relationship conflict with their parents. This is as a result of psychological distress experienced by both the adolescents and the parents.

The personality traits of an individual are responsible for the conversational style that one uses, this is influenced by the socialization an individual has in the family, culture and small social groups that one belongs to. In some cases, it is common to find that differences in communication styles that lead to verbal conflicts between adolescents and their parents is due to the expression of negative affect of adolescents that comes from the increased challenging life experiences that occur at the adolescent stage.

When it comes to communication styles between adolescents and parents, both boys and girls use a high-involvement conversational methods by using fast rate of turn-taking and frequent simultaneous speech and interruptions when the parent is talking. On the other hand, parents use a high considerateness style with significantly fewer interruptions when the adolescent is talking and they also don’t engage in simultaneous speech and overlaps between turns. Therefore, there is need to dig deep into personality, psychosocial influences, and generational aspects in order to get a way of handling differences that arise from communication between parents and adolescents.

This article was reviewed by Truphosah Fridah Monah, Counseling Psychologist.

The author of the article is

Beaumont S. L.; Wagner S. L. (2004). Adolescent-Parent Verbal Conflict The Roles Of Conversational Styles And Disgust Emotions. Journal Of Language And Social       Psychology, 23. (3) 338-368 DOI: 10.1177/0261927X04266813

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