What is it about?

This is a study of 162 Spanish adolescents divided in two subsamples: one subsample of 86 adolescents living with their families and 76 adolescents living in Residential care centres. Each subsample was comprised of adolescents whit high and low emotional security. All watched 6 videos depicting eveyday interparental conflicts: two were destructive conflicts, two were constructive conflicts and two were unresolved conflicts. Adolescents' cognitive, emotional and behavioral responses after watching the videos were collected. Results showed that adolescents from Residential care centres and adolescents with low emotional security showed sentitization to constructive interparental conflicts.

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Why is it important?

This study considers a type of conflict that is not so commonly addressed: unresolved conflict. By using different types of conflicts, this study shows adolescents' differential responses to different conflict types and it shows the potential of constructive conflict to identify sensitization to interparental conflict in samples of adolescents, specially adolescents in residential care and adolescents with low emotional security. But it also shows that not all adolescents in care are low in emotional security as we could identify adolescents in residential care with high emotional security.


Writing this article was a great opportunity to learn with my co-authors. I think that this article is a good contribution to the study of adolescents' emotional security and it broadens the scope of Emotional Security Theory to another country, Spain, and to an underaddressed population such as adolescents in residential care.

Dr. Silvia López-Larrosa
Universidade da Coruna

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This page is a summary of: Emotional Security and Interparental Conflict: Responses of Adolescents from Different Living Arrangements, Journal of Child and Family Studies, March 2019, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s10826-019-01364-1.
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