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TitleTypologies of post-divorce coparenting and parental well-being, parenting quality and children’s psychological adjustment
Author(s)Lamela, Diogo
Figueiredo, Bárbara
Bastos, Alice
Feinberg, Mark
Issue date2016
PublisherSpringer Verlag
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Abstract(s)The aim of this study was to identify post-divorce coparenting profiles and examine whether these profiles differentiate between levels of parents’ well-being, parenting practices, and children’s psychological problems. Cluster analysis was conducted with Portuguese heterosexual divorced parents (N = 314) to yield distinct postdivorce coparenting patterns. Clusters were based on parents’ self-reported coparenting relationship assessed along four dimensions: agreement, exposure to conflict, undermining/support, and division of labor. A three cluster solution was found and replicated. Parents in the highconflict coparenting group exhibited significantly lower life satisfaction, as well as significantly higher divorce-related negative affect and inconsistent parenting than parents in undermining and cooperative coparenting clusters. The cooperative coparenting group reported higher levels of positive family functioning and lower externalizing and internalizing problems in their children. These results suggested that a positive coparenting alliance may be a protective factor for individual and family outcomes after parental divorce.
DescriptionFirst published online: 30 October 2015
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