Marital aggression and child peer competence: A comparison of three conceptual models

Brent Finger, Rina D. Eiden, Ellen P. Edwards, KEnneth E. Leonard, Lorig Kachadourian

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This study examined longitudinal data linking marital aggression with child peer competence in kindergarten. The study compared 3 conceptual models for understanding the relation between marital aggression and child peer competence. Model 1 examines the direct effects of marital aggression, parental alcoholism, and parenting on child peer competence; Model 2 posits that this relation is mediated by child social problem-solving abilities (social information processing theory); whereas Model 3 proposes that the relation is mediated by parental warmth/ sensitivity (spillover theory). Structural equation modeling was most supportive of Models 1 and 3, indicating that parenting behavior, but not social problem solving, partially mediates the relation between marital conflict and child peer competence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-376
Number of pages20
JournalPersonal Relationships
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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