Cooperative coparenting moderates the association between parenting practices and children's prosocial behavior

Meghan B. Scrimgeour, Alysia Y. Blandon, Cynthia A. Stifter, Kristin A. Buss

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This study examined how aspects of the parenting and coparenting relationships relate to children's prosocial behavior in early childhood. Fifty-eight 2-parent families from a larger ongoing longitudinal study participated in this study. Mothers completed questionnaires that measured their use of inductive reasoning, as well as their children's prosocial behavior. Furthermore, parents and their children participated in 3 triadic interaction tasks that were coded to assess cooperative coparenting behavior. Results revealed that cooperative coparenting was positively associated with children's prosocial behavior. A significant interaction also emerged between maternal inductive reasoning and cooperative coparenting behavior. These findings underscore the important role of a cooperative coparenting subsystem in influencing children's emerging prosocial behavior, as well as highlight the association between positive parenting practices and children's prosocial development within the context of cooperative coparenting behaviors. This study demonstrates the utility of understanding family-level processes that contribute to children's prosocial development during early childhood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-511
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)


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