The Longitudinal Influence of Self-Efficacy, Communication, and Parenting on Spontaneous Adolescent Disclosure

Josephine Kearney*, Kay Bussey

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    21 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    This study involving 463 adolescents examined the impact of parent, teen, and parent-teen interaction processes on spontaneous disclosure to mothers. High openness in communication and stronger disclosure self-efficacy beliefs were associated with more disclosure at follow-up. Although a positive relationship was also found for maternal warmth/responsiveness when it was considered together with other parenting attributes, its unique contribution to the disclosure process was attenuated once openness and self-efficacy beliefs were taken into account. Domain-specific predictors of disclosure were also explored. Open communication was important for disclosure across all domains, while self-efficacy beliefs were critical for revealing difficult information. These findings underscore the importance of fostering an open environment in families that nurtures adolescents' confidence to engage in disclosure with parents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)506-523
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
    Volume25
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'The Longitudinal Influence of Self-Efficacy, Communication, and Parenting on Spontaneous Adolescent Disclosure'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this