The relation of family boundary violation to subjective well-being and trait anxiety among adolescents

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2018
Bektaş, Ceren
The purpose of the study was to examine the relation of boundary violation to subjective well-being and trait anxiety among adolescents. The sample was consisted of 1305 early and late adolescents (582 male, 723 female) aged between 11 and 18. Boundary Violation Scale, Brief Multidimensional Student’s Life Satisfaction Scale, Positive and Negative Affect Schedule, Trait Anxiety Form of State-Trait Anxiety Scale for Children and a demographic information form were used to collect data. Pearson correlation analyses were conducted to measure the relationship between the dimensions of boundary violation -which include forming coalition, promoting maturity, communicating as peers-, and the dimensions of subjective well-being - which are composed of life satisfaction, positive affect, negative affect-. The correlation analyses were also run to measure the relationship between the dimensions of boundary violation and trait anxiety. T-tests were performed for group comparisons. The results revealed that forming coalition was negatively correlated with life satisfaction, and positively correlated with trait anxiety and negative affect. On the other hand, promoting maturity and communicating as peers were identified separately to be positively correlated with life satisfaction and positive affect, and to be negatively correlated with trait anxiety. The results also indicated that females had higher trait anxiety and lower subjective well-being than males. Also, early adolescents had higher subjective well-being than late adolescents. The inconsistency between the dimensions of boundary violation in terms of their relationship with subjective well-being and trait anxiety might stem from a culturally nonsensitive measurement. Therefore, future research might consider to develop boundary violation scales that are compatible with the Turkish family environment.

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C. Bektaş, “The relation of family boundary violation to subjective well-being and trait anxiety among adolescents,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.