This research was supported by a grant from The National Institute of Mental Health, R01-MH59248. We thank the staff of the Family Life Project for their unending contributions to this work and the youth, parents, teachers, and school administrators who made this research possible.
Adolescents' Cognitive and Emotional Responses to Marital Hostility
Version of Record online: 16 MAY 2007
Volume 78, Issue 3, pages 775–789, May/June 2007
How to Cite
Buehler, C., Lange, G. and Franck, K. L. (2007), Adolescents' Cognitive and Emotional Responses to Marital Hostility. Child Development, 78: 775–789. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01032.x
- Issue online: 1 JUN 2007
- Version of Record online: 16 MAY 2007
Early adolescents' (11–14 years) responses to marital hostility were examined in a sample of 416 families. The cognitive-contextual perspective and emotional security hypothesis guided the study and 9 adolescent responses were identified. Prospective associations were examined in several structural equation models that included adolescent problems as outcomes. Self-blame and perceived threat uniquely mediated the association between Year 1 marital hostility and Year 3 adolescent externalizing problems (p<.05). Self-blame, lower constructive representations, internalization of feelings, avoidance, and emotional dysregulation uniquely mediated the association between Year 1 marital hostility and Year 3 internalizing problems. Specific cognitive and emotionally based responses are important to understanding how martial hostility affects youth and need to be considered within an integrated model.