Coping efficacy and psychological problems of children of divorce

Irwin Sandler, Jenn-Yun Tein, Paras Mehta, Sharlene Wolchik, Tim Ayers

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Three models of the relations of coping efficacy, coping, and psychological problems of children of divorce were investigated. A structural equation model using cross-sectional data of 356 nine-to twelve-year-old children of divorce yielded results that supported coping efficacy as a mediator of the relations between both active coping and avoiding coping and psychological problems. In a prospective longitudinal model with a subsample of 162 of these children, support was found for Time 2 coping efficacy as a mediator of the relations between Time 1 active coping and Time 2 internalizing of problems. Individual growth curve models over four waves also found support for coping efficacy as a mediator of the relations between active coping and psychological problems. No support was found for alternative models of coping as a mediator of the relations between efficacy and symptoms or for coping efficacy as a moderator of the relations between coping and symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1099-1118
Number of pages20
JournalChild Development
Volume71
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2000

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Coping efficacy and psychological problems of children of divorce. / Sandler, Irwin; Tein, Jenn-Yun; Mehta, Paras; Wolchik, Sharlene; Ayers, Tim.

In: Child Development, Vol. 71, No. 4, 07.2000, p. 1099-1118.

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