ERIC Number: EJ941963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
Interparental Conflict and Preschoolers' Peer Relations: The Moderating Roles of Temperament and Gender
David, Kevin M.; Murphy, Bridget C.
Social Development, v16 n1 p1-23 Feb 2007
The relations between destructive interparental conflict (IPC) and three- to six-year-olds' (N = 62) peer relations were examined as a function of child temperament and gender. Regression analyses indicated that effortful control moderated the relations of IPC with children's amount of peer interaction as well as with their problematic relations with peers. Specifically, high IPC was associated with low amount of interaction and high problematic relations for preschoolers low in effortful control, but it was related to high amount of interaction and low problems for those high in effortful control. Additionally, gender differences in the relations between IPC and the amount of peer interaction indicated that IPC was negatively related to the amount of interaction for girls but positively related to the amount for boys. The findings highlight the need for examining individual differences in the relations between IPC and the development of early peer relations.
Descriptors: Conflict, Parents, Family Environment, Parent Child Relationship, Personality, Young Children, Gender Differences, Peer Relationship, Regression (Statistics), Individual Differences, Role
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