Gender differences in keeping secrets from parents in adolescence

Loes Keijsers, Susan J T Branje, Tom Frijns, Catrin Finkenauer, Wim Meeus

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Abstract

The current longitudinal study examined adolescent gender differences in the developmental changes and relational correlates of secrecy from parents. For 4 successive years, starting in the second year of junior high (mean age at Time 1 = 13.2 years, SD = 0.51), 149 male and 160 female Dutch adolescents reported on secrecy from their parents and the quality of the parent-child relationship. Latent growth curve modeling revealed a linear increase in secrecy, which was significantly faster for boys than for girls. Moreover, cross-lagged panel analyses showed clear concurrent and longitudinal linkages between secrecy from parents and poorer parent-child relationship quality in girls. In boys, much less strong linkages were found between poorer relationships and secrecy from parents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-298
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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adolescence
gender-specific factors
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Parent-Child Relations
parent-child relationship
female adolescent
longitudinal study
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Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior/psychology
  • Adolescent Development
  • Communication
  • Confidentiality/psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parenting/psychology
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

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Keijsers, Loes ; Branje, Susan J T ; Frijns, Tom ; Finkenauer, Catrin ; Meeus, Wim. / Gender differences in keeping secrets from parents in adolescence. In: Developmental Psychology. 2010 ; Vol. 46, No. 1. pp. 293-298.
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Gender differences in keeping secrets from parents in adolescence. / Keijsers, Loes; Branje, Susan J T; Frijns, Tom; Finkenauer, Catrin; Meeus, Wim.

In: Developmental Psychology, Vol. 46, No. 1, 01.2010, p. 293-298.

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