Article Correctness Is Author's Responsibility: Attachment behavior and hostility as explanatory factors linking parent—adolescent conflict and adolescent adjustment.

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This study examined whether adolescents' behavior in a support-seeking context helped to explain associations between increases in motherâ€"adolescent conflict during early adolescence and changes in adolescents' internalizing and externalizing symptoms. A sample of 194 adolescents aged 12 to 14 (51% female) and their mothers were followed over 1 year. Motherâ€"adolescent pairs participated in a speech task introducing an external social stressor into the parentâ€"child relationship. Using a latent difference score model, adolescents' observed attachment behavior and hostility were compared as potential explanatory processes. Analyses suggest specificity in the spillover process from conflict to adolescent behavior in a nonconflictual parentâ€"child interaction context, with hostility uniquely linking increasing motherâ€"adolescent conflict and externalizing problems, and disruptions in adolescent attachment behavior uniquely explaining the link with internalizing problems. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)