Predicting children's externalizing symptoms from dyadic and triadic measures of family systems

dc.contributor.advisorHazen, Nancy Lynnen
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJacobvitz, Deborah Ben
dc.contributor.committeeMemberVangelisti, Anita Len
dc.creatorMurphy, Sarah Elizabethen
dc.creator.orcid0000-0002-8857-3588en
dc.date.accessioned2015-10-23T18:45:16Zen
dc.date.available2015-10-23T18:45:16Zen
dc.date.issued2015-08en
dc.date.submittedAugust 2015en
dc.date.updated2015-10-23T18:45:18Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractAccording to Family Systems Theory, the whole family system is greater than the sum of its parts. The purpose of this study is to investigate this claim by examining marital, parent-child, and triadic (mother-father-child) interactions as simultaneous predictors of children's externalizing symptoms. Longitudinal data from 108 families were used to investigate three hypotheses: 1) parents' negative responses to their toddlers' negative emotions will predict their children's later externalizing symptoms, 2) marital negativity will relate to both mothers and fathers displaying more negative patterns of emotional socialization, and 3) competitive coparenting -- assessed in triadic family interactions during toddlerhood (age 24 months) -- will predict children's later externalizing symptoms at age 7, after accounting for the effects of significant dyadic family interactions (specifically, mothers' and fathers' emotional socialization assessed at 24 months). Results demonstrated spillover from marital negativity to mothers’ negative emotion socialization. Competitive coparenting predicted children's later emotion socialization after controlling for infant temperament, family income, child gender, and dyadic predictors of children's externalizing symptoms; mothers' negative emotional socialization also remained a significant predictor. This study emphasizes the importance of examining the family holistically and has important implications for designing more effective whole-family interventions to reduce the development of children’s externalizing symptoms.en
dc.description.departmentHuman Development and Family Sciencesen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2FG8Zen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/31914en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectFamily systemsen
dc.subjectCoparentingen
dc.subjectExternalizing symptomsen
dc.subjectEmotion socializationen
dc.titlePredicting children's externalizing symptoms from dyadic and triadic measures of family systemsen
dc.typeThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentHuman Development and Family Sciencesen
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman development and family sciencesen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen

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