The relation of divorced mothers' perceptions of family cohesion and adaptability to behavior problems in children

Solly Dreman, Hagar Ronen-Eliav

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Abstract

This study examined the relation between divorced mothers' perceptions of family cohesion and adaptability with children's behavior prob-lems. Mothers, with few exceptions, reported that their children had the fewest behavior problems when they perceived family cohesion and adaptability as high and the most behavioral problems when they perceived these levels as low. These results were in accordance with Olson's model of coping with stress within nonclinical populations. In contrast, children with mothers who perceived high family cohesion or adaptability reported thev had the most behavior problems. They reported on fewer behavior problems when their mothers perceived cohesion or adaptability levels as low. These findings were explained on the basis of different perceptual biases in parents and children. We hypothesized that adolescent children may require clear role boundaries and stability to promote adjustment, whereas their mothers may project their positive or negative emotional states on their assessments of children's behavior problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-331
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997

Keywords

  • Adaptability
  • Behavior problems
  • Cohesion
  • Divorce
  • Family structure
  • Interrater reliability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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