ERIC Number: ED395084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Latino Children's Affective, Cognitive, and Behavioral Responses to Interparental Conflict.
Weber, Judith Libhaber; O'Brien, Mary
Guided by the cognitive-contextual theory of J. H. Grych and F. D. Fincham (1990), which emphasizes the importance of children's perceptions of conflict as well as conflict characteristics and contextual factors, this study investigated children's appraisals of various types of simulated marital conflict. Seventy Latino children, aged 7 to 12 years, from homes with physically aggressive (n=25) and nonphysically aggressive (n=45) interparental conflict reported affective, cognitive, and behavioral responses to simulated marital conflicts varying in intensity and content (child-related and nonchild-related). Results indicate that children were more likely to blame their parents in response to high-intensity conflicts. Conflict concerning the child was associated with higher levels of negative affect, self-blame, and coping efficacy, while conflict that was nonchild related was associated with more frequent comments regarding parents' negative affect and attributions of parent blame. Children from physically aggressive homes made more predictions of escalation and negative outcome and blamed themselves and their parents more often. These results suggest that children's appraisals of marital conflict are influenced by variations in conflict intensity and content, and that their exposure to conflict in the home may affect their responses to novel marital conflict. (Contains 2 tables and 10 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Blame; Latinos
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (103rd, New York, NY, August 1995).