ERIC Number: ED256501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
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Children's Perceptions of Their Parents: Relationship to Child Adjustment following Divorce.
Jansen, Livia S.; Michaels, Gerald Y.
A total of 80 children, half from divorced, mother-led households and half from two-parent homes, responded to the Children's Report of Parental Behavior Inventory and a semantic differential task that measured content and structure of parental perceptions. Children, their mothers, and their primary teachers also completed a measure of the child's behavioral adjustment, and mothers completed a measure of interparental hostility. Results indicated that the content of children's perceptions of their fathers differed for divorced and nondivorced groups and that the children of divorce had less-well-integrated perceptual representations of their parents. Level of interparental hostility appeared to mediate some of the group differences in perceptions and, in the divorced group, amount of visitation with the noncustodial father was related to positive and well-integrated perceptions of father. Positive perceptions of parents on the content dimensions and well-integrated perceptions of parents on the structural dimensions were positively related to ratings of children's social adjustment. References and tables are appended. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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