Marital conflict and children's adjustment: Parental hostility and children's interpretations as mediators

Clare M. Stocker, Melissa K. Richmond, Sabina M. Low, Elise K. Alexander, Nadine M. Elias

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Abstract

The associations between marital conflict, maternal and paternal hostility, children's interpretations of marital conflict, and children's adjustment were examined in a sample of 136 school-aged children and their parents. Observational measures were collected from videotapes of marital interaction and family interaction. Self-report data were collected from parents and children. Results showed that mothers' and fathers' hostility mediated the association between martial conflict and children's internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. Children's feelings of being to blame for marital conflict and being threatened by it mediated between marital conflict and children's internalizing problems but not their externalizing problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-161
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Development
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children's adjustment
  • Children's cognitive appraisals
  • Marital relationships
  • Parent-child relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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