Similar minds in the family: COVID-19 centrality and relationship quality

Büyükcan Tetik, Asuman and Aydın, Çağla and Eisma, Maarten C. (2023) Similar minds in the family: COVID-19 centrality and relationship quality. Personal Relationships . ISSN 1350-4126 (Print) 1475-6811 (Online) Published Online First

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We examined whether perceived similarity in COVID-19 centrality (i.e., the extent to which one thinks of the pandemic as shaping current and future life) is associated with family relationship quality during the pandemic. Thinking that other family members are similar to oneself regarding the pandemic's centrality may improve the quality of family relationships. We collected data from Turkish family triads (i.e., mother, father, 18–25 years old child) and had 481 participants from 180 families. Participants rated their similarity in COVID-19 centrality with the other two family members and reported the general and daily quality of their relationship with them (relationship satisfaction, closeness, conflict). We analyzed the data using the Social Relations Model. We found that family members who, on average, perceived more similarity in COVID-19 centrality reported higher levels in positive attributes of general relationship quality (i.e., satisfaction and closeness). The effects on conflict and daily relationship quality were less conclusive. This research confirms that family members' reactions during the COVID-19 pandemic are interdependent. Perceiving that other family members are of similar minds about the centrality of the pandemic relates positively to some aspects of relationship quality.
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; family; relationship quality; Social Relations Model; the centrality of event
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Asuman Büyükcan Tetik
Date Deposited: 11 May 2023 14:38
Last Modified: 11 May 2023 14:38

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