Journal article

Repeated early-life exposure to inter-parental conflict increases risk of preadolescent mental health problems

Elizabeth M Westrupp, Stephanie Brown, Hannah Woolhouse, Deirdre Gartland, Jan M Nicholson

European Journal of Pediatrics | SPRINGER | Published : 2018

Abstract

This study investigated the association between inter-parental conflict at a single occasion, or repeated over early childhood, and children's internalizing and externalizing problems at 10-11 years; and examined potential mechanisms via social risk, maternal mental health, and parenting. Data were five time points from the Baby cohort of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (N = 3696, recruited in 2004). Verbal or physical inter-parental conflict was measured at 0-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7 years. Internalizing and externalizing problems (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) were measured via mother-, father-, teacher-, and child-report at 10-11 years. A series of regression models ..

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Grants

Awarded by Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (Australian National Health and Medical Research Council [NHMRC])


Funding Acknowledgements

Dr. Westrupp was supported by the Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (Australian National Health and Medical Research Council [NHMRC] grant 1023493). Dr. Westrupp, Professor Nicholson, and the research were supported by Australian Communities Foundation through the Roberta Holmes Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program (Coronella sub-fund). Professor Brown was supported by a Senior Research Fellowship from the NHMRC. The Murdoch Children's Research Institute is supported by a Victorian Government Operational Intrastructure Support Scheme. LSAC study design and data collection were funded by DSS.