ERIC Number: ED362295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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The Co-Parenting System: Longitudinal Effects for Kindergartners of Differences between Mothers' and Fathers' Parenting Styles.
Kaplan, Joan A.
The purpose of this study was to extend research on parenting styles and parent-child socialization beyond the dyadic relationships and toward inclusion of variables that give information about the couple's co-parenting, that is, the way they work together as parents. At the initial assessment, 45 predominantly middle-class families with a preschool-age child took part in a laboratory visit. Both parents completed questionnaires about their marital relationship, while raters evaluated each parent's relationship with the child during laboratory play sessions. A total of 38 families took part in follow-up assessments 2 years later, in which kindergarten teachers evaluated each child's academic and social adaptation to school. Correlational and multiple regression analyses examined the extent to which marital quality, the quality of mothers' and of fathers' parenting during dyadic sessions, and the differences between mothers' and fathers' parenting styles helped predict children's academic and social adjustment. Results demonstrated that although the quality of mothers' and fathers' marital life and parenting was linked with some aspects of children's adjustment during kindergarten, in many instances, information about the co-parenting system helped predict children's adjustment over and above the contributions of marriage and parenting. (Author/MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (60th, New Orleans, LA, March 25-28, 1993).