Ascan F. Koerner

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Adoption and family communication both affect adolescent adjustment. We proposed that adoption status and family communication interact such that adopted adolescents in families with certain communication patterns are at greater risk for adjustment problems. We tested this hypothesis using a community-based sample of 384 adoptive and 208 nonadoptive(More)
In this manuscript, we develop a theory of family communication that is based on the schematic representation of relational knowledge. We first discuss pertinent issues surrounding family communication and then develop a general model of the role of relational schemas for interpersonal communication. Taking the specific environment of family communication(More)
Various researchers (i.e., Singelis, Triandis, Bhawuk, & Gelfand,1995; Triandis & Gelfand, 1998) have suggested that the cultural variables of horizontal and vertical individualism and collectivism correspond to Fiske’s (1991, 1992) relational models of collectivism, authority ranking, equality matching, and market pricing. In this study, we tested this(More)
STUDY QUESTION Compared to families with IVF singletons, what are parental depressive, parent-adolescent interaction and adolescent adjustment outcomes in families with 11-17-year-old IVF twins? SUMMARY ANSWER No differences were detected for any measured outcome between families with 11-17-year-old IVF twins and those with IVF singletons, despite high(More)
Two studies investigated the role of conformity orientation in family communication. Conversations of 31 families (study 1) and 50 families (study 2) were analyzed employing Stiles (1992) Verbal Response Mode coding scheme to test 5 hypotheses regarding the influence of conformity orientation on the frequency of specific speech acts. Analysis of 12,520(More)
STUDY QUESTION Compared with singletons, what is the parent mental health, parent-child and couple relationship satisfaction, and child adjustment of 6- to 12-year-old assisted reproduction technology (ART) twins and their families? SUMMARY ANSWER There are no differences between 6- and 12-year-old ART twin and singleton families in parent mental health(More)
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