Understanding the parent-child relationship during the transition into college and emerging adulthood using the Relational Turbulence Theory

Author: Scheinfeld, E., & Worley, T.
Published: 03/12/2018

Emerging adulthood presents individuals with increased levels of relational uncertainty, perceived interference, and feelings of conflict or turbulence, especially within the parent-child dyad as children enter emerging adulthood. This study argues the relationship turbulence theory provides a framework to examine parent-child dyads experiencing the transition into adulthood. One hundred and forty-three emerging adults reported on their relationship with a parent, as well as recent interactions with their parent. Structural equation modeling demonstrated the relational turbulence theory is generalizable to parent-child contexts. Further explanation of these results and possible implications of the study are discussed.

Full Publication: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01463373.2018.1443954