Tracing the Cascade of Children's Insecurity in the Interparental Relationship: The Role of Stage-Salient Tasks

Patrick T. Davies, Liviah G. Manning, Dante Cicchetti

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Abstract

This study examined whether children's difficulties with stage-salient tasks served as an explanatory mechanism in the pathway between their insecurity in the interparental relationship and their disruptive behavior problems. Using a multimethod, multi-informant design, 201 two-year-old children and their mothers participated in 3 annual measurement occasions. Structural equation modeling analyses indicated that coder ratings of children's insecure responses to interparental conflict from a maternal interview predicted observer ratings of their difficulties with stage-salient tasks (i.e., emotion regulation, autonomy, resourceful problem solving) 1year later after controlling for initial stage-salient task performance. Stage-salient task difficulties, in turn, predicted experimenter reports of children's behavior problems 1year later. Associations remained robust in the broader context of other pathways hypothesized in prevailing developmental cascade models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-312
Number of pages16
JournalChild development
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2013

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