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Perceptions of Family Differentiation, Individuation, and Self-Esteem among Korean Adolescents

Young-Ju Chun and Shelley M. MacDermid
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 59, No. 2 (May, 1997), pp. 451-462
DOI: 10.2307/353482
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353482
Page Count: 12
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Perceptions of Family Differentiation, Individuation, and Self-Esteem among Korean Adolescents
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Abstract

The relationships between family differentiation and adolescent individuation and between adolescent individuation and self-esteem were tested with 170 adolescents in Korea. To measure family differentiation, three dyadic interaction patterns were examined (i.e., parents' marital, father-adolescent, and mother-adolescent). Results revealed significant relationships between adolescent individuation and differentiation in adolescent and same-sex parent pairs. For male adolescents, father-adolescent differentiation was the strongest predictor of individuation, and for female adolescents, mother-adolescent differentiation was most strongly related to individuation. Also, for both male and female adolescents, individuation was negatively associated with self-esteem, a finding that is not consistent with research in the U.S.

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