A longitudinal analysis of parenting practices, couple satisfaction, and child behavior problems

Deanna Linville, Krista Chronister, Tom Dishion, Jeff Todahl, John Miller, Daniel Shaw, Francis Gardner, Melvin Wilson

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This longitudinal study examined the relationship between couple relationship satisfaction, parenting practices, parent depression, and child problem behaviors. The study participants (n = 148) were part of a larger experimental study that examined the effectiveness of a brief family-centered intervention, the Family Check-Up model. Regression analysis results indicated that our proposed model accounted for 38% of the variance in child problem behavior at Time 2, with child problem behavior and couple relationship satisfaction at child age 2 years each accounting for a significant portion of the variance in child problem behavior at age 3. Couple relationship satisfaction directly predicted child behavior problems over time. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-255
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Clinical Psychology

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