Family Dyad Study
Transformations in family relationships at puberty are assumed to be due to the biological, social, and psychological changes of early adolescence. Little research has considered how the interplay between these processes underlies relational changes or ways that preexisting individual characteristics are linked to variations in the parent-child relationship during puberty. We are developing an interdisciplinary project that will examine several processes implicated in the perceptions of and actual behaviors exhibited in family relationships at puberty. These include responses to biological change, individual or familial characteristics, race/ethnicity, and changes in social cognitive processes, other social relationships and life-events. The project will be conducted by coding videotaped interactions of Latino and African-American mothers and daughters. Survey data and saliva samples (stress reactivity) will also be collected.