Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 317–337 | Cite as

Family contexts of pubertal timing

  • Stuart T. Hauser
  • Wendy Liebman
  • John Houlihan
  • Sally I. Powers
  • Alan M. Jacobson
  • Gil G. Noam
  • Bedonna Weiss
  • Donna Follansbee
Article

Abstract

This study examined the influence of pubertal timing upon family interactions in normal and psychiatric adolescent samples. An important feature of our approach is its emphasis upon micro-analysis of family behaviors (individual speeches) and family processes (theoretically specified speech pairings). Rather than assume that global family patterns (e.g., power) shift in response to pubertal changes, we follow how types of speeches and speech sequences are associated with different pubertal timing. Using the previously constructed family coding system, the Constrainig and Enabling Coding System, we found that on-time adolescents and their parents differed from both off-time groups (early or late). These results are discussed in terms of current implications and suggestions for future research.

Keywords

Health Psychology School Psychology Code System Pubertal Timing Family Context 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stuart T. Hauser
    • 2
    • 1
  • Wendy Liebman
    • 2
  • John Houlihan
    • 3
    • 4
  • Sally I. Powers
    • 2
    • 5
  • Alan M. Jacobson
    • 2
    • 6
  • Gil G. Noam
    • 7
    • 1
    • 4
  • Bedonna Weiss
    • 1
  • Donna Follansbee
    • 8
    • 1
  1. 1.Adolescent Family Development ProjectMassachusetts Mental Health CenterUSA
  2. 2.Adolescent and Family Development ProjectHarvard Medical SchoolUSA
  3. 3.Academic Computing CenterBoston UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyHarvard Medical SchoolUSA
  5. 5.Radcliffe CollegeUK
  6. 6.Mental Health UnitJoslin Diabetes CenterUSA
  7. 7.Education Services, Hall-Mercer Children's UnitMcLean HospitalUSA
  8. 8.Judge Baker Guidance CenterUSA

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