Children's coping with marital conflict: the role of conflict expression and gender

Shelton, Katherine H, Harold, Gordon T, Goeke-Morey, Marcie C and Cummings, E Mark (2006) Children's coping with marital conflict: the role of conflict expression and gender. Social Development, 15 (2). pp. 232-247. ISSN 0961-205X

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Abstract

This study compared boys' and girls' coping responses to videotaped representations of marital conflict that varied in conflict content, tactic, and the gender of the parent engaging in conflict behaviour. Participants were 398 children (208 boys, 190 girls) aged 12-13 years old living in the United Kingdom. Child-related conflict exchanges characterized by hostile behaviour (e.g., physical aggression) elicited greater mediation efforts by children. Children were more likely to mediate father-enacted conflict. Girls, relative to boys, endorsed more mediation to fathers' physical aggression and mothers' pursuit of an issue and were more avoiding of mothers' physical aggression and threats to intactness of the family. Findings underscore the importance of considering parent and child gender in determining children's coping efforts in the context of interparental conflict. © Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2006.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Carmel Stevenson
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 12:27
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2015 12:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55537
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