ERIC Number: EJ851972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
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Adolescent Report of Interparental Conflict: The Role of Threat and Self-Blame Appraisal on Adaptive Outcome
Kim, Kerri L.; Jackson, Yo; Conrad, Selby M.; Hunter, Heather L.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v17 n5 p735-751 Oct 2008
Research consistently shows that children exposed to interparental conflict are at-risk for experiencing psychopathology. Establishing a link, however, between interparental conflict and maladjustment is not the same as understanding "how" specific outcomes manifest. Therefore, we examined the relation of interparental conflict and appraisal with adolescent outcome with 169 high school students (ages 14-19 years). Specifically, threat and self-blame appraisals were hypothesized to mediate the relation between interparental conflict and both adaptive and maladaptive outcomes. Results suggest that threat partially mediated the relation between interparental conflict and externalizing problems, interparental conflict and internalizing problems, and interparental conflict and adaptive behaviors. Additionally, self-blame appears to partially mediate the relation between interparental conflict and internalizing problems. Implications of the current findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Conflict, Psychopathology, Adjustment (to Environment), Marital Instability, Spouses, Adolescents, Parent Influence, At Risk Persons, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Family Environment, Correlation, High School Students, Self Concept, Behavior Problems
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A