publication . Article . 2005

mutual influence of marital conflict and children s behavior problems shared and nonshared family risks

Jennifer Jenkins; Anna Simpson; Judy Dunn; Jon Rasbash; Thomas G. O'Connor;
  • Published: 04 Feb 2005 Journal: Child Development, volume 76, pages 24-39 (issn: 0009-3920, eissn: 1467-8624, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Wiley
This within-family, longitudinal study including biological and stepfamilies investigated mutual influences between marital conflict and children's behavior problems. Children (4 to 17 years; N = 296) residing in 127 families drawn from a general population study were investigated at Time 1 and again 2 years later. These nested data were analyzed using multilevel modeling, controlling for previous child behavior or marital conflict. Marital conflict about children predicted change in children's behavior. Children's behavior also predicted an increase in marital conflict, particularly in stepfamilies. Differences between siblings in exposure to conflict and the e...
free text keywords: Social psychology, Stepfamily, Mutual influence, Marital satisfaction, Behavior disorder, Developmental psychology, Social environment, Multilevel model, Longitudinal study, Psychology
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