Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 213–218 | Cite as

Gender Differences in Positive and Negative Feelings Between Adolescents and Their Fathers and Mothers

  • Vicky Phares
  • Kimberly Renk
  • Amy M. Duhig
  • Sherecce Fields
  • Jamilia Sly
Original Paper


Given the connections between feelings and well-being within the family, we addressed gender differences and similarities of feelings within the family. We explored adolescents’, mothers’, and fathers’ positive and negative affect within a community sample of 224 families from the southeast of the United States. Adolescents ranged in age from 12 to 19 years. Findings suggest more gender differences in positive and negative affect for parental gender (i.e., mothers versus fathers) than for adolescent gender (i.e., boys versus girls). There were more consistent associations within the family for positive affect as opposed to negative affect. We discussed the results in the context of gender differences within the family within the family systems theoretical perspective.


Fathers Mothers Adolescents Feelings Affect 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vicky Phares
    • 1
  • Kimberly Renk
    • 2
  • Amy M. Duhig
    • 1
  • Sherecce Fields
    • 1
  • Jamilia Sly
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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