Patterns of Interparental Conflict, Parenting, and Children's Emotional Insecurity: A Person-Centered Approach

Olena Kopystynska, Katherine W. Paschall, Melissa A Barnett, Melissa A Curran

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We examined the relations between interparental conflict (destructive and constructive), parenting behaviors (harshness and supportiveness) and children's emotional insecurity in early childhood when children were approximately 36 months of age. The sample consisted of low-income unmarried couples who were expectant/new parents who participated in the national Building Strong Families project. Interparental conflict was assessed through parents' reported perception of the other parent's conflict behavior. Parenting behaviors were measured through observational data, and children's emotional insecurity was based on parents' reports. Using latent profile analysis, three goals were addressed: (a) concordance or discord of mothers' and fathers' conflict behaviors, (b) the relation between couples' conflict behaviors and parenting, and

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Aug 10 2017



  • Child emotional insecurity
  • Concordance and discord of interparental conflict
  • Constructive conflict
  • Destructive conflict
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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