Journal article

Friends or Foes? Relational Dissonance and Adolescent Psychological Wellbeing

Lyndal Bond, Dean Lusher, Ian Williams, Helen Butler

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2014

Abstract

The interaction of positive and negative relationships (i.e. I like you, but you dislike me - referred to as relational dissonance) is an underexplored phenomenon. Further, it is often only poor (or negative) mental health that is examined in relation to social networks, with little regard for positive psychological wellbeing. Finally, these issues are compounded by methodological constraints. This study explores a new concept of relational dissonance alongside mutual antipathies and friendships and their association with mental health using multivariate exponential random graph models with an Australian sample of secondary school students. Results show male students with relationally disson..

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