ERIC Number: ED460509
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
The Effects of Conflict and Marital Status on Child Behavior.
Armbruster, Paula; Marciano, Paul; Keely, Kerri; Leach, Allison
This paper reports the outcomes of a study that investigated the effects of family conflict on childhood functioning. The sample consisted of 95 children (ages 3-17) applying for clinical services at the Yale Child Study Center Outpatient Clinic. Forty-nine children were from families in which the custodial parents were currently married, 33 were from divorced homes, and 13 came from homes in which the parents were separated. The study first conducted hierarchical regression analyses in which socio-economic status, child race, gender, and age were analyzed as a first block, followed by marital status in a second block, and then family conflict in block 3. In this ways, the study accounted for the variance attributable to demographic variables and marital status. Findings indicated that family conflict made an additional, unique contribution in predicting child externalizing problems and total symptom level. However, family conflict was not predictive of internalizing problems or global functioning as rated by the clinician. Furthermore, marital status did not make a significant contribution in predicting child functioning on any of the dependent measures after demographic variables were entered. (Contains 15 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Age, Children, Conflict, Emotional Disturbances, Family Environment, Family Influence, Family Relationship, Marital Status, Mental Disorders, Predictor Variables, Race, Sex, Socioeconomic Status, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (9th, Tampa, FL, February 26-28, 1996); see EC 306 844. Tables are not available from ERIC.