ERIC Number: ED370069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Relationships between Maternal Coping Efforts and Children's Adaptive Processes in Divorced and Intact Families.
Since the early 1980s researchers have increasingly turned to family systems theory and stress and coping theory to conceptualize the relationship between parental adjustment and children's adaptive process. The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of maternal coping strategies upon the adaptive processes of children. That is, how children's behavior varies as a function of their mother's coping efforts is examined. The overall sample consisted of 112 women with elementary school age children. Half of the sample of mother-child dyads were from married families and the remainder of mother-child dyads were from single parent families (whereby mothers had sole custody). The findings suggest that mothers' coping efforts characterized by escape-avoidant and social support-seeking behaviors were more likely to be associated with children's behavior problems, especially in divorced families. One plausible explanation for this may be that family members from the two distinct configurations face unique stressors in terms of kind and magnitude, with disrupted families facing comparatively greater challenges. (Author/BF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual American Psychological Conference on Women's Health (1st, Washington, DC, May 1994).