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Perceived coparenting quality among mutually aggressive parents : the impact of interparental and parental factors


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Perceived coparenting quality among mutually aggressive parents : the impact of interparental and parental factors

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dc.contributor.author Gerstle, Melissa
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-31T15:34:45Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-31T15:34:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-31
dc.date.submitted July 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13143
dc.description.abstract Coparenting has been found to impact all facets of family functioning, including child and parent adjustment, parenting, and even the interparental relationship itself, and, like many family processes, it can be significantly disrupted by interparental conflict. Interparental aggression, the extreme negative pole of conflict, has previously been found to adversely affect many parts of the family system, such as child and parent adjustment and the parent-child relationship. Yet, there is a paucity of research investigating the impact of interparental aggression on the coparenting relationship. The present study investigated coparenting processes among parents displaying mutual, situation-specific aggression in a civil court-mandated sample. One hundred and one parents (55 mothers, 46 fathers) completed measures on interpersonal conflict, personality characteristics, parenting, and the coparenting relationship. Stepwise regression analyses indicated that, for mothers, maternal report of fathers’ use of negotiation and mothers’ self-reported use of physical aggression were positively related, and fathers’ use of psychological aggression negatively related, to perceived coparenting quality. For fathers, paternal report of mothers’ use of psychological aggression negatively related to perceived coparenting quality. Report of the other parent’s use of psychological aggression predicted the most variance in perceptions of coparenting relationship quality for both mothers and fathers. Parental personality characteristics were not significantly associated with coparenting or parenting styles. Lastly, among a set of parental dyads (n = 29), both mothers and fathers viewed themselves as more authoritative and less authoritarian than the other parent and were also “inaccurate” (i.e., divergent from other parent) in reporting the other parent’s relative level of authoritative parenting. In conclusion, among mutually aggressive parents, reported use of constructive and destructive conflict resolution tactics in the interparental relationship significantly impacted the perceived quality of the coparenting relationship. Additional research is needed to further investigate the differential impact that type of interparental aggression can have on coparenting dynamics and parent and child outcomes in both non-forensic and forensic populations. The present study also examined the relevance of the coparenting construct with a more diverse sample than is typically utilized, and greater study is needed to continue expanding our understanding of this burgeoning concept across cultures. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject coparenting en_US
dc.subject interparental conflict en_US
dc.subject aggression en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Joint custody of children--Psychological aspects.
dc.subject.lcsh Divorced parents--Psychology.
dc.subject.lcsh Aggressiveness.
dc.subject.lcsh Parental influences.
dc.subject.lcsh Conflict management.
dc.title Perceived coparenting quality among mutually aggressive parents : the impact of interparental and parental factors en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Psychology en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Psychology en_US
dc.description.advisor Erickson, Sarah
dc.description.committee-member Delaney, Harold
dc.description.committee-member Witherington, David
dc.description.committee-member Broidy, Lisa
dc.description.committee-member Matthews, Dan

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