Marital conflict, maternal and paternal parenting, and child adjustment: A test of mediation and moderation

Karen J. Kaczynski, Kristin Lindahl, Neena M. Malik, Jean Philippe Laurenceau

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Parenting was examined as a mediator of associations between marital and child adjustment, and parent gender was examined as a moderator of associations among marital, parental, and child functioning in 226 families with a school-age child (146 boys). Parenting fully mediated associations between marital conflict and child internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Parent gender did not moderate associations when data from the full sample or families with girls only were evaluated. Parent gender did moderate associations when families with boys were evaluated, with the association between marital conflict and parenting stronger for fathers than mothers. A trend suggested fathers' parenting may be more strongly related to internalizing behavior and mothers' parenting may be more strongly related to externalizing behavior in boys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006



  • Child internalizing and externalizing behavior
  • Family process
  • Marital conflict
  • Maternal and paternal parenting
  • Mediation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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