Marital Conflict and Mothers' Responsive Parenting Practices as Mediators of the Relation between Maternal Emotional Distress and Adolescent Adjustment

Master's Thesis

Abstract

The present study examined relations among maternal emotional distress, marital conflict, parenting, and adolescent adjustment over time. Specifically, the present study considered whether both marital conflict and responsive parenting practices mediated the relation between maternal emotional distress and adolescent externalizing and internalizing behaviors. In addition, a number of alternative models were examined that involved switching the order of effects. Three years of self-report data were collected from 136 married mothers and their adolescents, beginning when the adolescents were in fifth grade. Results of structural equations modeling procedures using latent variables suggested that marital conflict and responsive parenting practices mediated the relation between maternal emotional distress and adolescent externalizing behaviors. In contrast, only marital conflict mediated the relation between maternal emotional distress and adolescent internalizing behaviors. Thus, the present study identified possible time-ordered processes through which maternal emotional distress may affect adolescent adjustment.

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URN
  • etd-11302005-152106

Author Elizabeth Hope Blodgett
Advisor Dawn M. Gondoli
Contributor Julia M. Braungart-Rieker, Committee Member
Contributor Scott E. Maxwell, Committee Member
Contributor Dawn M. Gondoli, Committee Chair
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Psychology
Degree Name MA
Defense Date
  • 2005-09-30

Submission Date 2005-11-30
Country
  • United States of America

Subject
  • marital conflict

  • parenting

  • maternal emotional distress

  • mediator

  • adolescent adjistment

Publisher
  • University of Notre Dame

Language
  • English

Record Visibility and Access Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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