Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 553–567

The relationship of interparental conflict and global marital adjustment to aggression, anxiety, and immaturity in aggressive and nonclinic children

  • Mark R. Dadds
  • Martine B. Powell

DOI: 10.1007/BF00925820

Cite this article as:
Dadds, M.R. & Powell, M.B. J Abnorm Child Psychol (1991) 19: 553. doi:10.1007/BF00925820


Although there is agreement that marital problems are associated either directly or indirectly with particular child behavior problems, there is disagreement about the types of marital conflict associated with these problems and the differential effects on boys and girls in clinic and nonclinic samples. We examined the relationships among mothers' ratings of marital adjustment, parenting disagreements, and three child problem factors (aggression, anxiety, and immaturity) after the child's age and family socioeconomic status were controlled. These relationships were compared with samples of boys and girls (3 to 8 years of age) from clinic and nonclinic populations, revealing that parenting disagreement predicted aggression in all groups and that both marital adjustment and parenting disagreement predicted anxiety in boys. Neither marital variable predicted immaturity. Possible reasons for the results (including methodological limitations of the present data) are discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark R. Dadds
    • 1
  • Martine B. Powell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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