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Marital conflict and children's adjustment: The mediating and moderating role of children's coping strategies

Shelton, Katherine Helen and Harold, Gordon Thomas 2007. Marital conflict and children's adjustment: The mediating and moderating role of children's coping strategies. Social Development 16 (3) , pp. 497-512. 10.1111/j.1467-9507.2007.00400.x

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Abstract

This prospective, longitudinal study examined the role of children's coping strategies in the link between interparental conflict and children's psychological adjustment. Using a sample of 100 parents and children aged 11–14 years, this study investigated children's venting of negative emotion, social support seeking, and problem solving strategies as mediators and moderators of the relationship between marital conflict and child adjustment. Venting negative emotion mediated the long-term effects of marital conflict on children's psychological adjustment. This coping response also moderated the relationship between marital conflict and children's anxiety-depression. The role of non-constructive coping strategies as a mechanism through which marital conflict affects children's psychological well-being is discussed, together with the need for research to identify intervention strategies aimed at improving children's coping efficacy in the context of interparental conflict.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Medicine
Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Uncontrolled Keywords: marital conflict; coping strategies; child adjustment; longitudinal
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0961-205X
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2017 02:28
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3443

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