Linking adolescent family and peer relationships to the quality of young adult romantic relationships: The mediating role of conflict tactics

Lisa J. Crockett, Brandy A. Randall

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This study examined the associations between the quality of adolescents' peer and family relationships and the quality of their young adult romantic relationships. Adolescents (N = 253) completed self-report measures of their family and peer relationships in grades 10-12; 7 years later, they reported on connectedness, discord, and the conflict tactics used by both partners in their current romantic relationships. Family relationship quality in adolescence predicted the levels of connectedness, discord, and specific conflict behaviors youth reported in their adult romantic relationships. The use of discussion to resolve conflict mediated the association between adolescent family relationships and the level of connectedness in adult romantic relationships. Moreover, use of discussion and physical conflict/threat each partially mediated the effect of family relationship quality on romantic discord. Possible mechanisms linking family of origin relationships to adult romantic relationships are discussed. Copytight

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-780
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2006



  • Conflict strategies
  • Family relationships
  • Peer relationships
  • Romantic relationships
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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