ERIC Number: EJ957038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Family Conflict, Emotional Security, and Child Development: Translating Research Findings into a Prevention Program for Community Families
Cummings, E. Mark; Schatz, Julie N.
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, v15 n1 p14-27 Mar 2012
The social problem posed by family conflict to the physical and psychological health and well-being of children, parents, and underlying family relationships is a cause for concern. Inter-parental and parent-child conflict are linked with children's behavioral, emotional, social, academic, and health problems, with children's risk particularly elevated in distressed marriages. Supported by the promise of brief psycho-educational programs (e.g., Halford et al. in "Journal of Family Psychology" 22:497-505, 2008; Sanders in "Journal of Family Psychology" 22:506-517, 2008), the present paper presents the development and evaluation of a prevention program for community families with children, concerned with family-wide conflict and relationships, and building on Emotional Security Theory (Davies and Cummings in "Psychological Bulletin" 116:387-411, 1994). This program uniquely focuses on translating research and theory in this area into brief, engaging programs for community families to improve conflict and emotional security for the sake of the children. Evaluation is based on multi-domain and multi-method assessments of family-wide and child outcomes in the context of a randomized control design. A series of studies are briefly described in the programmatic development of a prevention program for conflict and emotional security for community families, culminating in a program for family-wide conflict and emotional security for families with adolescents. With regard to this ongoing program, evidence is presented at the post-test for improvements in family-wide functioning, consideration of the relative benefits for different groups within the community, and preliminary support for the theoretical bases for program outcomes.
Descriptors: Evidence, Social Problems, Security (Psychology), Prevention, Conflict, Family Relationship, Psychology, Child Development, Well Being, Children, Parents, At Risk Students, Program Effectiveness, Evaluation, Community Needs, Community Education, Health Education
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