Family functioning and children's adjustment: Associations among parents' depressed mood, marital hostility, parent-child hostility, and children's adjustment

Sabina M. Low, Clare Stocker

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Abstract

Relations between parents' depressed mood, marital conflict, parent-child hostility, and children's adjustment were examined in a community sample of 136 ten-year-olds and their parents. Videotaped observational and self-report data were used to examine these relations in path analyses. A proposed model was tested in which mothers' and fathers' depressed mood and marital hostility were associated with children's adjustment problems through disruptions in parent-child relationships. Results showed that both mothers' and fathers' marital hostility were linked to parent-child hostility, which in turn was linked to children's internalizing problems. Fathers' depressed mood was linked to children's internalizing problems indirectly through father-child hostility. Fathers' depressed mood was directly linked to children's externalizing problems and indirectly linked through father-child hostility. For mothers, marital hostility was directly linked to children's externalizing problems, and marital hostility in fathers was indirectly linked to children's externalizing problems through father-child hostility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-403
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children's adjustment
  • Family functioning
  • Marital hostility
  • Parent depressed mood
  • Parent-child hostility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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