Marital Conflict and Children: An Emotional Security Perspective

Author(s) : E. Mark Cummings, Author(s) : Patrick T. Davies

Marital Conflict and Children: An Emotional Security Perspective

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From leading researchers, this book presents important advances in understanding how growing up in a discordant family affects child adjustment, the factors that make certain children more vulnerable than others, and what can be done to help. The volume presents a new conceptual framework that draws on current knowledge about family processes; parenting; attachment; and childrens emotional, physiological, cognitive, and behavioral development. Innovative research methods are explained and promising directions for clinical practice with children and families are discussed.

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Contents
Part I: New Directions in the Study of Children and Marital Conflict. Marital Conflict and Risky Families. The Emergence of Process-oriented Approaches: Emotional Security Theory.
Part II: Child Effects of Exposure to Marital Conflict. Identifying Constructive and Destructive Marital Conflict. Testing Process-oriented Models of the Direct Effects of Exposure to Marital Conflict.
Part III: Contextualizing Marital Conflict. The Role of Parenting in the Context of Marital Conflict: Indirect Pathways and Processes. Contextual Vulnerability and Protective Models. Development Over Time in Contexts of Marital Conflict.
Part IV: Future Directions. Applications of Findings and Translational Research. Beyond the Marital Dyad: From Bowlby to Political Violence.
Appendices: Coding Systems and Methodology.
A: Conflict in the Interparental System (CIS)-Observational Coding.
B: Security in the Interparental Subsystem Scale (SIS)-Child Report.
C: Security in the Marital System-parent Report (SIMS-PR) Scale.
D: Advanced Measurement and Research Design Issues for a Process-oriented Approach.

About the Author(s)

E. Mark Cummings, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, USA

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Patrick T. Davies, PhD, Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA

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