ERIC Number: EJ879377
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
The Interactive Effects of Marital Conflict and Divorce on Parent-Adult Children's Relationships
Yu, Tianyi; Pettit, Gregory S.; Lansford, Jennifer E.; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Bates, John E.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n2 p282-292 Apr 2010
This study examines main effect and interactive models of the relations between marital conflict, divorce, and parent-adult child relationships and gender differences in these relations. Data were drawn from a longitudinal study of a community sample (N = 585). Parental marital conflict and divorce were measured from age 5 through age 17 years. Mother-child and father-child relationship quality at age 22 years was assessed in terms of closeness-support and conflict-control. Results indicated that both marital conflict and divorce are associated with poorer quality parent-adult child relationships. Divorce moderated the link between marital conflict and subsequent negativity in mother-child relationships, with the estimated effects being stronger in continuously married families than in divorced families, especially for women.
Descriptors: Divorce, Mothers, Conflict, Parent Child Relationship, Gender Differences, Marital Instability, Models, Adults, Longitudinal Studies, Fathers, Marriage
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