Journal article

Adolescent Recognition of Parental Affect: Influence of Depressive Symptoms

Nikki Ehrmantrout, Nicholas B Allen, Craig Leve, Betsy Davis, Lisa Sheeber

JOURNAL OF ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2011

Abstract

This study examined depressive biases in adolescents' labeling of parental affect. Adolescents (151 girls; 82 boys) and their parents engaged in videotaped problem-solving interactions. Adolescents then participated in a video-mediated recall procedure in which they watched the videotaped interaction and indicated how they thought their parents were feeling. Indices of parents' affect during the problem-solving interactions were also provided by parent self-report and behavioral observations. Adolescent depressive symptoms were associated with overreporting of parental aggressive affect and underreporting of parental happy and neutral affects, relative to both directly observed and self-repo..

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