Adult Sons' Satisfaction with Their Relationships with Fathers and Person-Group (Father) Communication Apprehension

Michael J. Beatty, Jean A. Dobos

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Abstract

The present study was designed to explore the empirical relationship between adult sons' communication apprehension regarding their fathers and satisfaction with those relationships. Results indicated that (1) apprehension and satisfaction were negatively correlated, (2) a descending nonlinear function best described the relationship, (3) both frequency and intensity of apprehension experiences contributed to the prediction of satisfaction, and (4) father communication apprehension was empirically distinct from general dyadic communication apprehension. These results were initially derived from the responses of a screening sample and were subsequently cross-validated. Theoretical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-176
Number of pages15
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adult sons
  • apprehension
  • communication apprehension
  • satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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