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J Fam Psychol. 2003 Jun;17(2):169-80.

Family and legal indicators of child adjustment to divorce among families with young children.

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  • 1Division of Law and Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Yale University, 34 Park Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06508, USA. Marsha.Pruett@po.state.ct.us

Abstract

This research used structural equation modeling to examine relations among family dynamics, attorney involvement, and the adjustment of young children (0-6 years) at the time of parental separation. The article presents baseline data (N = 102 nonresidential fathers and N = 110 primary caretaking mothers) from a larger longitudinal study. Results showed that the effects of parental conflict on child outcomes were mediated by paternal involvement, the parent-child relationship, and attorney involvement. A scale assessing parental gatekeeping yielded two significant factors: Spouse's Influence on Parenting and Positive View of Spouse. Paternal involvement was related to children's adaptive behavior, whereas negative changes in parent-child relationships predicted behavior problems. Mothers who experienced greater psychological symptomatology were less likely to utilize an attorney, which in turn predicted greater internalizing problems in their children.

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