Effects of the interparental relationship on adolescents' emotional security and adjustment: The important role of fathers

Go Woon Suh, William Fabricius, Matthew M. Stevenson, Ross D. Parke, Jeffrey T. Cookston, Sanford L. Braver, Delia Saenz

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Abstract

We examined the mediational roles of multiple types of adolescents' emotional security in relations between multiple aspects of the interparental relationship and adolescents' mental health from ages 13 to 16 (N = 392). General marital quality, nonviolent parent conflict, and physical intimate partner violence independently predicted mental health. Security in the father-adolescent relationship, over and above security with the mother and security in regard to parent conflict, mediated the link from general marital quality to adolescents' mental health. With 2 exceptions, paths were stable for boys and girls, biologicaland stepfathers, and Anglo- and Mexican Americans. The findings reveal the need to expand the traditional foci on parent conflict and relationships with mothers to include general marital quality and relationships with fathers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1666-1678
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume52
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Emotional security
  • Father- child relationships
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Marital quality
  • Parent conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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