Family Structure, Co-Parental Divorce

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The two journal articles to be analyzed include, Family structure, co-parental relationship quality, post-separation paternal involvement and children’s emotional wellbeing by Baxter, Qu, and Weston which examines the associations between children’s emotional wellbeing, the quality of the co-parental relationship, and post-separation paternal involvement. The second article Parenting style, parental adjustment, and co-parental conflict: differential predictors of child psychosocial adjustment following divorce by Ohan and Stallman, studies parental adjustment, conflict, and style and its affects in children in terms of internalizing, externalizing and prosocial behaviours following parental divorce. The following paper will discuss
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As adults, they were among the high statistics for the likelihood of becoming single parents themselves than those who grew up in intact families (Cherlin, Chase-Lansdale, McRae, 1998). Baxter, Weston, and Qu has found gaps in previous research as many external factors and characteristics were not taken into account and the impact of parental separation on children tended to be overstated. (Furstenberg & Kiernan, 2001). As relationship breakdowns do not occur randomly, factors predisposing parental separation may also contribute to the emotional and behavioural problems of children. These aspects lead to the research question of whether parental personality traits and their mental health contributing to the divorce, would then be inherited by children, leading to the avoidance and result in a display of various psycho-social problems. (Pryor, Rodgers, 2001). Other studies of intact and separated families suggest that children who frequently witness inter-parental conflict are at an increased risk of experiencing socio-emotional problems which can be long-lasting (Sarrazin & Cyr, 2007). Prior relevant research focuses on the wellbeing of children by the time they reach adolescence and young adulthood and with the emphasis on the effects of divorce to be dependent …show more content…
The independent variables of this study include parenting style (laxness and over-reactivity), parental adjustment (distress and anger), and parenting conflict. The dependent variable is the child’s psychosocial adjustment in internalising, externalising and prosocial behaviours. With the use of ordinal data, the sociodemographic and child behaviour variables were assessed using a questionnaire, parental adjustment, parental anger and co-parental conflict were measured using Likert scales. Co-parental conflict for example, items were rated from 1 (almost never) to 4 (almost always). Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), was used to screen children to measure their positive and negative behaviours, results showed good reliability and validity (Goodman, Lamping, & Ploubidis, 2010) and had adequate internal consistency with its Cronbach’s alpha value at 0.76 for internalising problems, 0.72 for externalising problems, and a value of 0.82 for prosocial behaviour. As for parenting style, the over-reactivity and laxness subscales both had good internal consistency with values of ( = .86 and .77 respectively) and for adolescents ( = 0.82 and .87 respectively). Parental adjustment showed high internal consistency, with values

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