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Maternal and paternal perceptions of coparenting as a link between marital quality and the parent-toddler relationship.
J Fam Psychol. 2013 Feb; 27(1):117-26.JF

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine coparenting perceptions of support and trust as a link between marital quality and parent-child relationship quality. Mothers and fathers with 33-month-old children (n = 122, 61 girls) independently reported on coparenting support and trust, marital quality, and attachment-relevant aspects of the parent-child relationship. Additionally, child-mother attachment security was assessed observationally. Marital quality was related to higher quality mother-son relationships (self-reported and observed) via more positive maternal coparenting perceptions, and marital quality was related to greater father-son and father-daughter relationship quality via more positive paternal coparenting perceptions. For partner effects, marital quality was related to higher mother-son relationship quality via fathers' perceptions of coparenting. Results highlight perceptions of coparenting of both mothers and fathers as a link between marital quality and mother-child relationship quality for families with toddler-aged boys. Further, findings suggest that marital quality fosters more positive paternal coparenting trust and support, which in turn has positive implications for father-son and father-daughter relationships during toddlerhood.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Edgewood College, Madison, WI 53711, USA. ashleyholland@edgewood.eduNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23421839

Citation

Holland, Ashley S., and Nancy L. McElwain. "Maternal and Paternal Perceptions of Coparenting as a Link Between Marital Quality and the Parent-toddler Relationship." Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), vol. 27, no. 1, 2013, pp. 117-26.
Holland AS, McElwain NL. Maternal and paternal perceptions of coparenting as a link between marital quality and the parent-toddler relationship. J Fam Psychol. 2013;27(1):117-26.
Holland, A. S., & McElwain, N. L. (2013). Maternal and paternal perceptions of coparenting as a link between marital quality and the parent-toddler relationship. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 27(1), 117-26. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0031427
Holland AS, McElwain NL. Maternal and Paternal Perceptions of Coparenting as a Link Between Marital Quality and the Parent-toddler Relationship. J Fam Psychol. 2013;27(1):117-26. PubMed PMID: 23421839.
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