How did it work? Who did it work for? Mediation in the context of a moderated prevention effect for children of divorce

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Abstract

This study presents a reanalysis of data from an effective preventive intervention for children from divorced families (S. A. Wolchik et al., 2000) to test mediation of program effects. The study involved 157 children, age 9-12 years, who were randomly assigned to a parenting program or a literature control condition. Program effects to reduce posttest internalizing problems were mediated through improvement in mother-child relationship quality. Program effects to reduce externalizing problems at posttest and 6 months were mediated through improvement in posttest parental methods of discipline and mother-child relationship quality. The study also describes a new methodology to test mediation of Program × Baseline Status interactions. Analyses demonstrate mediation effects primarily for children who began the program with poorer scores on discipline, mother-child relationship quality, and externalizing problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-624
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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