Impact of joint versus sole custody and quality of co-parental relationship on adjustment of adolescents in remarried families

M. Crosbie-Burnett

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The effects of legal custody arrangement and quality of the co-parental relationship on the adjustment of adolescents in remarried families was examined. Joint custody was associated with better relationships with step-parents and more family cohesion. Girls in sole custody families and boys in joint custody families reported high anxiety. Girls in sole custody families reported the remarriage to have a negative effect on their relationships with their custodial biological parents. Hostility in the co-parental relationship was associated with more loyalty conflicts and more increase in psychosomatic and psychosocial problems around the time of the remarriage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-449
Number of pages11
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Law

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