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Understanding Criteria that Predict Private Health Information Disclosures between Emerging Adults & Their Parents

2021-11-23 , Rafferty, Katherine A. , Miller, Nicole , English , Psychology

As emerging adults transition into adulthood, health becomes a critical topic of conversation between emerging adults and their parents. Researchers need to better understand how this health care management transition occurs. We sampled 316 emerging adult college students from a large Midwestern University and asked them to complete a survey to understand factors that influence emerging adult college students’ private health disclosures to their mother and father. We found that relational quality, reciprocity, and family communication patterns influenced the likelihood of open boundaries between emerging adults and their parents. We discuss theoretical and practical implications of these findings.