Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 411–420 | Cite as

Marital discord and child behavior problems in a nonclinic sample

  • Robert E. Emery
  • K. Daniel O'Leary


Mothers' evaluations of their marital relationship and of their children's behavior at home and teachers' ratings of the children's behavior in school were obtained using well-established measures. While an association was found between ratings of marital discord and children's problematic behavior, the relation was a fairly weak one. The present findings are discussed in comparison to the results of other research that has relied upon clinic samples and nonindependent ratings in examining the relation between marital and child problems. In general, it appears that different methodological procedures lead to quite different conclusions about the strength of the association between interparental conflict and child behavior problems.


Behavior Problem Present Finding Clinic Sample Child Behavior Child Behavior Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Emery
    • 2
  • K. Daniel O'Leary
    • 1
  1. 1.SUNY at Stony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGilmer Hall, University of VirginiaCharlottesville

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