Gender Differences in Positive and Negative Feelings Between Adolescents and Their Fathers and Mothers Academic Article uri icon


  • Given the connections between feelings and well-being within the family, we addressed gender differences and similarities of feelings within the family. We explored adolescents', mothers', and fathers' positive and negative affect within a community sample of 224 families from the southeast of the United States. Adolescents ranged in age from 12 to 19 years. Findings suggest more gender differences in positive and negative affect for parental gender (i.e., mothers versus fathers) than for adolescent gender (i.e., boys versus girls). There were more consistent associations within the family for positive affect as opposed to negative affect. We discussed the results in the context of gender differences within the family within the family systems theoretical perspective. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

author list (cited authors)

  • Phares, V., Renk, K., Duhig, A. M., Fields, S., & Sly, J.

citation count

  • 10

publication date

  • April 2009