Title

Shading The Truth: The Patterning Of Adolescents' Decisions To Avoid Issues, Disclose, Or Lie To Parents

Abstract

Latent Class Analysis (LCA) was used to examine the patterning of adolescents' strategy choice when discussing issues with parents in a sample of 1678 Chilean 11-19 year olds (mean age = 14.9). Adolescents reported whether they fully disclosed, partially disclosed, avoided the issue, or lied for six core areas that bridged personal autonomy and safety concerns. Five patterns were identified: two in which adolescents were likely to either share information about all issues or lie about them and three in which adolescents used a combination of strategies that included sharing some information while concealing other. Membership in the full disclosure class was highest among middle class youth and those who reported the highest obedience, legitimacy beliefs, parental agreement, maternal warmth and knowledge, and the fewest problem behaviors. Interestingly, adolescents in the Lie class reported both the highest level of parental monitoring and low maternal knowledge.

Publisher

Academic Press

Publication Date

4-1-2010

Publication Title

Journal of Adolescence

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/j.adolescence.2009.10.008

Keywords

Adolescent disclosure, Lying, Parent-adolescent communication, Latent class analysis

Language

English

Format

text

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