Latent Profiles of Postdivorce Parenting Time, Conflict, and Quality: Children's Adjustment Associations

Kit K. Elam, Irwin Sandler, Sharlene Wolchik, Jenn-Yun Tein, Adam Rogers

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Parenting time, interparental conflict, and the quality of parenting a child experiences in the postdivorce family environment have complex relations with child adjustment outcomes. Using person-centered latent profile analyses, the present study examined (a) separate profiles of mothers' (N = 472) and fathers' (N = 353) parenting time, interparental conflict, and quality of parenting following divorce; and (b) associations of mother and father profiles with concurrent child outcomes (48% female, 3- to 18-years-old) as well as child outcomes 3 and 10 months later. Mother and father profiles were primarily differentiated by levels of parenting time and quality of parenting, respectively. Mother and father profiles defined by greater parenting time and lower quality parenting were associated with the poorest child outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Social Adjustment
Parenting
Fathers
Mothers
Family Conflict
Divorce
Conflict (Psychology)

Keywords

  • Child adjustment
  • Conflict
  • Latent profile analysis
  • Parenting
  • Parenting time

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  • Psychology(all)

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