The Examination of Adolescents’ Motives, Relational Maintenance and Intimacy in the Communications with Their Parents


The widespread and mobile access to new technologies have affected adolescents in their daily life. Prior studies have attributed the influences of emerging technologies to the negative effects of adolescent behavior while little attention was given to the results of family relationships. Drawing from the perspectives of media uses and gratifications and family relations, this study develops an empirical model by investigating the connections between adolescents’ communication motives and their perceptions of relational maintenance and intimacy with their parents. The uses of media technologies, family communication patterns and parents’ role are also included to explore the multiplicity of their relationships. A group of 352 adolescents are surveyed and analyzed by statistical methods. The results show adolescents mainly use instant message to communicate with their parents which motivate them to express emotion and assurance with each other. In addition, the geographical location and family communication patterns are intervened to affect adolescents’ perceptions of communication motives, relational maintenance and intimacy. At last, the empirical model is proved to not only compare the adolescents’ perceptions of using different media in family communication but also reveal the consequences that correspond to the parent-adolescent dyads relationships. The implications are expected to help social workers and parents to consolidate relationships with adolescents through the uses of various communication technologies.

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Po-Chien Chang, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan

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Conference: EuroMedia2016
Stream: Social Media & Communication Technology

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