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Children and marital conflict resolution: implications for emotional security and adjustment.

Authors
  • Goeke-Morey, Marcie C
  • Cummings, E Mark
  • Papp, Lauren M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43)
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2007
Volume
21
Issue
4
Pages
744–753
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1037/0893-3200.21.4.744
PMID: 18179346
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study addresses multiple gaps in understanding the implications of marital conflict resolution for children. Mothers' diary home reports (N = 102 mothers, N = 578 reports) of marital conflict resolution (i.e., compromise, apology, submission, agreement to disagree, withdrawal) and of children's responses, along with the reactions of children (N = 163) to analogue presentations of the same conflict endings in the laboratory, were examined. The significance of specific marital conflict endings, including the emotionality of endings, was supported and demonstrated for the first time in the home. Parents' and children's appraisals of resolution were generally similar, although for some endings these appraisals differed, supporting the notion that children are sensitive to the broader implications of conflict endings for interparental relations and family functioning. Children's responses to conflict resolution were related to their broader adjustment, further indicating the significance of conflict endings to understanding the impact of marital conflict.

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