Styles of conflict resolution and cooperation between divorced parents: effects on child behavior and adjustment

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1989 Oct;59(4):560-75. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1989.tb02747.x.


Findings from a study of family functioning following divorce suggest ways in which the parents' ongoing relationship-both as former spouse and as coparent-may moderate the effects of divorce on their children. Level of conflict in the "spouse" role was found to be less predictive of children's adjustment than were degree of cooperation and style of conflict resolution in the "coparent" role. Implications for intervention are considered.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Child
  • Child Custody
  • Child Reactive Disorders / psychology*
  • Divorce*
  • Humans
  • Marriage*
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Personality Development*
  • Personality Tests
  • Self Concept