A mediational model of the impact of interparental conflict on child adjustment in a multiethnic, low-income sample

Nancy Gonzales, Steven C. Pitts, Nancy E. Hill, Mark W. Roosa

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Abstract

Path analysis was used to determine whether the effects of interparental conflict on children's depression and conduct disorder are mediated by 3 dimensions of parenting: acceptance, inconsistent discipline, and hostile control. The study extends the literature by testing this mediational model with a low-income, predominantly ethnic minority sample of preadolescent children and by examining the effects of multiple dimensions of interparental conflict from the child's perspective. Results supported the mediational model when analyses were based on child's reports of all variables but not when mother's reports were used to assess child depression and conduct problems. Exploratory analyses revealed unique mediational paths associated with conflict frequency and resolution, which were examined along with intensity as distinct dimensions of interparental conflict.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-379
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2000

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  • Psychology(all)

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