Social Skills, Family Conflict, and Loneliness in Families

Tricia J. Burke, Alesia Woszidlo, Chris Segrin

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The primary aim of this study was to examine associations between family conflict, social skills, and loneliness among a sample of 255 father-mother-adult child triads. We examined two dimensions of social skills, self-disclosure skills and positive relations with others, as moderators of the association between family environment conflict and loneliness using triadic models in SAS PROC MIXED. Self-disclosure skills moderated the association between family conflict and loneliness; however, positive relations with others did not moderate this association. Thus, our hypothesis was partially supported. Implications for taking a multidimensional view to examining social skills in conjunction with family conflict and loneliness are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-87
Number of pages13
JournalCommunication Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Family Conflict
  • Loneliness
  • Social Skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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