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ERIC Number: EJ890723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Typologies of Family Functioning and Children's Adjustment during the Early School Years
Sturge-Apple, Melissa L.; Davies, Patrick T.; Cummings, E. Mark
Child Development, v81 n4 p1320-1335 Jul-Aug 2010
Guided by family systems theory, the present study sought to identify patterns of family functioning from observational assessments of interparental, parent-child, and triadic contexts. In addition, it charted the implications for patterns of family functioning for children's developmental trajectories of adjustment in the school context across the early school years. Two-hundred thirty-four kindergarten children (129 girls and 105 boys; mean age = 6.0 years, SD = 0.50 at Wave 1) and their parents participated in this multimethod, 3-year longitudinal investigation. As expected, latent class analyses extracted 3 primary typologies of functioning including: (a) cohesive, (b) enmeshed, and (c) disengaged families. Furthermore, family patterns were differentially associated with children's maladaptive adjustment trajectories in the school context. The findings highlight the developmental utility of incorporating pattern-based approaches to family functioning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten
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Language: English
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