Marital Conflict and Children: An Emotional Security Perspective
From leading researchers, this book presents important advances in
understanding how growing up in a discordant family affects child
adjustment, the factors that make certain children more vulnerable
than others, and what can be done to help. It is a
state-of-the-science follow-up to the authors seminal earlier work,
Children and Marital Conflict: The Impact of Family Dispute and
Resolution. The volume presents a new conceptual framework that
draws on current knowledge about family processes; parenting;
attachment; and childrens emotional, physiological, cognitive, and
behavioral development. Innovative research methods are explained
and promising directions for clinical practice with children and
families are discussed.
"This informative, well-written, and engaging work explicates the theoretical foundations of emotional security, reviews research on the topic, and presents new findings. The authors' analysis should be taken seriously by all concerned with the well-being of children and families." - Jay Belsky, Birkbeck University of London, UK "Cummings and Davies have done it again! This is a superb book, combining years of programmatic research with keen insights and a constant eye toward practical applications for practitioners and the parents they work with. Marital Conflict and Children is 'must' reading for researchers and practitioners in psychology, family therapy, and associated disciplines, as well as a great text for upper-division undergraduate and graduate classes." - Robert E. Emery, University of Virginia, USA
E. Mark Cummings, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA and Patrick T. Davies, PhD, Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester, New York, USA
Part I: New Directions in the Study of Children and Marital Conflict. Marital Conflict and Risky Families. The Emergence of Process oriented Approaches: Emotional Security Theory. Part II: Child Effects of Exposure to Marital Conflict. Identifying Constructive and Destructive Marital Conflict. Testing Process oriented Models of the Direct Effects of Exposure to Marital Conflict. Part III: Contextualizing Marital Conflict. The Role of Parenting in the Context of Marital Conflict: Indirect Pathways and Processes. Contextual Vulnerability and Protective Models. Development Over Time in Contexts of Marital Conflict. Part IV: Future Directions. Applications of Findings and Translational Research. Beyond the Marital Dyad: From Bowlby to Political Violence. Appendices: Coding Systems and Methodology. Appendix A: Conflict in the Interparental System (CIS) observational Coding. Appendix B: Security in the Interparental Subsystem (SIS) Scale child Report. Appensix C: Security in the Marital System parent Report (SIMS PR) Scale. Appendix D: Advanced Measurement and Research Design Issues for a Process oriented Approach.