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Negative Aspects of Mothersí Friendships can Affect Adolescentsí Relationships With Pals

by Kathy Jones on November 8, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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 Negative Aspects of Mothersí Friendships can Affect Adolescentsí Relationships With Pals

Mothers' friendships with other adults can have a negative influence on their adolescent children's relationships with their own friends, a new study reveals.

Gary C. Glick, a doctoral candidate at University of Missouri, and Amanda Rose, professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, studied the development of friendships and other peer relationships during adolescence and their impact on psychological adjustment.

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They found that adolescents may mimic the negative characteristics of their mothers' relationships in their own peer-to-peer friendships suggesting that mothers can serve as role models for their adolescents during formative years.

"Mothers who display high levels of conflict with friends may signal to their children that such behavior is acceptable, or even normative in friendships. Additional findings suggest that adolescents internalize their reactions to their mothers' conflict with adult friends which may lead to anxiety and depression," Glick said.
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Youth ranging in age from 10 to 17 and their mothers were polled separately to measure perceived positive and negative friendship qualities in both groups.

Results showed that positive friendship qualities were not always imitated by adolescents; however, negative and antagonistic relationship characteristics exhibited by mothers were much more likely to be mimicked by the youth studied.

The study is published in Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Source: ANI
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