Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Couple Therapy, Parenting, and Child Adjustment

Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Couple Therapy, Parenting, and Child Adjustment

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Child emotional and behavioural problems are frequently co-morbid with couple distress, but little research suggests how best to help these families. This study examined how changes in couples' relationships from couple therapy are associated with changes in parenting and child adjustment. One hundred and thirty four couples, 89 of whom had children, completed up to 26 sessions of free couple therapy. The processes of change in marital satisfaction for couples with and without children were compared, and it was found that couples without children improved somewhat more in their marital satisfaction than couples with children during therapy and the follow-up period. Changes in couples' reports of conflict over child rearing, dissatisfaction with children, and overall child adjustment over the course of therapy and in the two years following therapy were also examined. It was found that couples who participate in couple therapy for marital distress may also see improvements in other areas of family functioning, specifically conflict over child rearing and child adjustment. …

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