The current research aimed to measure life skills level and to study different patterns of family communication among Grade 7 students. The samples of the study were 417 Grade 7 students in Bangkok. The sampling is dividing the school samples into 3 groups according to their subordination as follows: 1) schools under the Office of Basic Education Commission – OBEC 2) schools under the Office of the Higher Education Commission – OHEC and 3) schools under the Office of the Private Education Commission – OPEC. The data was collected by 2 rating-scale questionnaires: Life skills assessments consisted of 4 domains: self-esteem, problem solving, stress management and interpersonal relationship, the reliability of each domain are .409 .613 .624 and .675. Family communication assessment divided in 4 different patterns: Laissez-faire, Protective, Pluralistic and Consensual and the reliability are .393 .796 .754 and .576. The results were concluded as follows 1) Grade 7 students in Bangkok have significantly low life skills in terms of self-esteem compared to the other domains such as problem solving ,stress management and interpersonal relationship 2) The most predictive family communication pattern for Grade 7 students’ life skills is laissez-faire. The mentioned family communication pattern has 16 percent predictive ability for the domain of interpersonal relationship (β = -.403 , p< .001), 6.50 percent for problem-solving (β = -.233 , p < .001), 2.70 percent for self-esteem (β = -.233 , p < .001), and 1.30 percent for stress management (β= -.118 , p < .05).
Supak Tanamit, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Chanya Leesattrupai, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Pinyapan Piasai, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Stream: Psychology and Education
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