Friends or Foes? Relational Dissonance and Adolescent Psychological Wellbeing
AuthorBond, L; Lusher, D; Williams, I; Butler, H
Source TitlePLoS One
PublisherPUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
University of Melbourne Author/sWilliams, Ian
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsBond, L., Lusher, D., Williams, I. & Butler, H. (2014). Friends or Foes? Relational Dissonance and Adolescent Psychological Wellbeing. PLOS ONE, 9 (2), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0083388.
Access StatusOpen Access
The interaction of positive and negative relationships (i.e. I like you, but you dislike me - referred to as relational dissonance) is an underexplored phenomenon. Further, it is often only poor (or negative) mental health that is examined in relation to social networks, with little regard for positive psychological wellbeing. Finally, these issues are compounded by methodological constraints. This study explores a new concept of relational dissonance alongside mutual antipathies and friendships and their association with mental health using multivariate exponential random graph models with an Australian sample of secondary school students. Results show male students with relationally dissonant ties have lower positive mental health measures. Girls with relationally dissonant ties have lower depressed mood, but those girls being targeted by negative ties are more likely to have depressed mood. These findings have implications for the development of interventions focused on promoting adolescent wellbeing and consideration of the appropriate measurement of wellbeing and mental illness.
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