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Experienced stress and coping strategies in the context of adolescent social relationships



Year of publication 2011
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Description This chapter introduces the SEM model of coping with stress that is perceived by adolescents and experienced in their family environment in the form of an interparental conflict and the quality of perceived parents’ relationship to them. In middle adolescence, negative emotions seem to play the meditational role between the threatening perceptions of parental conflicts and experienced social stress. Parental warmth plays a double role in this context. It is the condition for the development of positive relationships with peers. At the same time it is a protective factor with respect to experienced stress and partially also with respect to adolescents’ negative emotions. Results from ELSPAC study also show a functional relation between parental conflicts and perceived stress, or also coping strategies. The influence of the relationship with parents itself is less significant and the influence of trust in friends has totally vanished – in contradiction to the compensatory model of attachment in adolescence. Hence, peers at age fifteen do not provide emotional support that could help them cope with tumultuous family situation. On the contrary, problematic relationships with peers can even increase this stress.
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