Relationship Quality, Secrecy and Subjective Wellbeing in Adolescents

Thesis Title: Relationship Quality, Secrecy and Subjective Wellbeing in Adolescents

Author Name: Muzammil Tahir

Supervisor: Afifa Anjum

Year: 2017

Degree: BS

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between relationship quality and subjective well-being and possible mediation of secrecy in this relationship. It was hypothesized that relationship quality (relationship with father, mother and friends) is likely to predict subjective well-being in adolescents and secrecy is likely to mediate the relationship between relationship quality and subjective well-being. The research sample consisted of both male and female adolescents (N = 110), age range 13 to19 years (M = 16.8, SD = .99), from different academic institutions of Lahore. Non-probability convenient sampling technique was used to collect the data. The assessment measures used to collect the data were Network of Relationships Behavioral Systems Version (NRI-BSV; Furman & Buhrmester, 1995), Trust in Close Relationships Scale (Rempel, Holmes, & Zanna, 1985), Self-Concealment Scale (SCS; Larson & Chastains, 1990) and Positive and Negative Affect Scale-C-P (short version; Chad Ebesutani, 1998). Data was analyzed using Pearson Product Moment Correlation and Regression Analysis. Results revealed that there was a positive relationship between relationship with mother, positive affect and relationship with friends. Relationship with mother and friends were significant predictors of positive affect. Moreover relationship with mother was predicting positive affect mediated by relationship with friends. Secrecy was not correlated with relationship quality and subjective well-being, and was not a significant predictor. This signified that relationship quality with parents specifically mothers and with friends contributes in a subjective well-being of adolescents.

Keywords: Relationship quality, secrecy, subjective well-being.

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