ERIC Number: ED308983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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The Relation of Parenting Transitions to Boys' Adjustment Problems.
Capaldi, D. M.
The hypothesis that children are placed at increased risk for adjustment problems when parents divorce and remarry was tested with a sample of 206 boys in the fourth grade. It was also hypothesized that the relation of parenting transitions and boys' adjustment would be mediated by family management practices. Subjects attended schools in neighborhoods with a relatively high incidence of juvenile delinquency. A child adjustment construct was calculated from seven constructs: antisocial behavior, drug sampling, peer rejection, deviant peer association, poor academic skills, poor self-esteem, and depression. This global adjustment construct was plotted for four groups of subjects: (1) two biological parents; (2) single mothers; (3) stepfather families; and (4) single mother and stepfather families. All other family types were excluded. Boys' adjustment was found to be related in a linear manner to the number of parental transitions. Boys in families who had experienced two or more transitions were at especially high risk for poor adjustment and later delinquency. The relation of child adjustment to parental transitions was partly accounted for by socioeconomic status and mediated by reduced parental monitoring. (RH)
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 (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989).