ERIC Number: ED359468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Parental Conflict and Children's Divorce Adjustment: A Multimethod Approach.
Barenbaum, Nicole B.
This study examined relationships between different types of parental conflict (legal conflict, interpersonal conflict, and specific conflict tactics) and children's divorce adjustment. Subjects were members of 120 mother-custody families, recruited through a search of public divorce dockets, with at least one child between the ages of 6 and 12 and in which parental separation had occurred within the past 6 months. Subjects were seen once between 6 and 8 months after the separation and again one year later. Conflict variables from multiple sources, including interviews, questionnaires, and court records, were correlated with children's adjustment variables, which also were assessed using multiple sources (self-report, mother report, and teacher report). Relationships between the different types of parental conflict and children's adjustment were examined within each time period and over time. Results suggest that different types of conflict are related to children's adjustment early and later in the divorce adjustment process. Age, sex, and legal status of the parents' divorce moderated relationships between parental conflict and children's adjustment. The divorce settlement may mark a transition for children, lessening the impact of parental conflict. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (39th, Atlanta, GA, March 24-27, 1993).