The Interactive Effects of Marital Conflict and Divorce on Parent-Adult Children's Relationships.

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Journal Article

This study examines main effect and interactive models of the relations between marital conflict, divorce, and parent-adult child relationships, and gender differences in these relations. Data were drawn from a longitudinal study of a community sample (N = 585). Parental marital conflict and divorce were measured from age 5 through age 17. Mother-child and father-child relationship quality at age 22 was assessed in terms of Closeness-Support and Conflict-Control. Results indicate that both marital conflict and divorce were associated with poorer quality of parent-adult child relationships. Divorce moderated the link between marital conflict and subsequent negativity in mother-child relationships, with the estimated effects being stronger in continuously married families than in divorced families, especially for women.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Yu, T; Pettit, GS; Lansford, JE; Dodge, KA; Bates, JE

Published Date

  • April 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 72 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 282 - 292

PubMed ID

  • 20544009

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20544009

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-3737

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-2445

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00699.x

Language

  • eng