Social Tasks and Youth–Parent Emotional Relationships During Emerging Adulthood : An Intercultural Examination in Israel and Turkey

Irit Yanir, Gizem Arat*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

Abstract

This study investigates the psychometric properties of the Emerging Adulthood Questionnaire (EAQ) across Turkish and Israeli cultures and contributes to the existing international research related to emerging adults' individual-social tasks and youth–family relationships. While existing research in this area focuses on either individual characteristics of emerging adults or family relationships, the EAQ enables the interaction between the 2 aspects of developmental tasks unique to emerging adulthood: youths' individual functioning and youth–parent relationships. Principal component, exploratory factor, and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted on 100 Turkish and 137 Israeli young adults. Results supported the 3-factor model of individual-social tasks, youth–parent connectedness, and youth–parent autonomy. In both samples, results showed high internal consistency reliability and good validity. This study suggests that the EAQ can serve as a powerful tool to better explain individual and family dynamics within different cultures. Further validation of the EAQ is needed to enhance the capture of the subtleties that surround developmental tasks among young adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-721
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume41
Issue number5
Early online date14 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emerging adulthood
  • Emerging Adulthood Questionnaire
  • youth–parent relationship

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