Friends or Foes? Relational Dissonance and Adolescent Psychological Wellbeing
Lyndal Bond, Dean Lusher, Ian Williams, Helen Butler
PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2014
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..View full abstract
The study was funded by the Baker Foundation, Australia. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.