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Title:Predictors of undermining coparenting
Author(s):Laxman, Daniel J.
Advisor(s):Mangelsdorf, Sarah C.
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.A.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):coparenting
predictors of coparenting
undermining coparenting
predictors of undermining coparenting
Abstract:This investigation explored how parent personality, division of labor, maternal gatekeeping, and child temperament predicted undermining coparenting. Parent characteristics were assessed during the third trimester of pregnancy. Parent and child characteristics were assessed at 3 months and at 1 year. Undermining coparenting was observed at 3 years. Couples in which fathers were higher on negative affect or higher on positive affect displayed more undermining coparenting. Families showed greater undermining coparenting if they divided household and child care tasks unevenly and perceived their child as difficult. Mothers’ encouragement of father involvement was associated with less undermining coparenting if parents perceived their child as difficult. There was a significant interaction between fathers’ depressive symptoms and child difficult temperament; couples who perceived their child as more difficult and in which fathers reported experiencing more depressive symptoms later exhibited higher levels of undermining coparenting. In general, child difficult temperament was not directly related to undermining coparenting, but moderated the association between other predictors and undermining coparenting. This study points to the need for further research into the role parents’ and children’s characteristic play in influencing coparenting quality.
Issue Date:2010-05-18
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/16008
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Daniel J. Laxman
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-05-18
2012-05-19
Date Deposited:May 2010


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