Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 419–429 | Cite as

A Unified Model Exploring Parenting Practices as Mediators of Marital Conflict and Children’s Adjustment

  • Kristen L. ColnEmail author
  • Sara S. Jordan
  • Sterett H. Mercer
Original Article


We examined positive and negative parenting practices and psychological control as mediators of the relations between constructive and destructive marital conflict and children’s internalizing and externalizing problems in a unified model. Married mothers of 121 children between the ages of 6 and 12 completed questionnaires measuring marital conflict, parenting practices, and child adjustment. Analyses revealed significant direct paths from destructive marital conflict to negative parenting practices, psychological control, and both children’s internalizing and externalizing behavior. In addition, psychological control was found to partially mediate relations between destructive marital conflict and children’s internalizing and externalizing behavior.


Marital conflict Parenting practices Psychological control Child behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristen L. Coln
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sara S. Jordan
    • 1
  • Sterett H. Mercer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology, and Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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