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Trajectories of interparental conflict and children's emotional-behavioural functioning at 10-11 years: an Australian population-based study

Rebecca Giallo, Monique Seymour, Alison Fogarty, Mark Feinberg, Daniel Christensen, Deirdre Gartland, Catherine Wood, Stephanie J Brown, Amanda Cooklin



Interparental conflict (IPC) has the potential to adversely affect children's social, emotional, and behavioural functioning. The overall objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between both the severity and chronicity of IPC across early and middle childhood and children's emotional-behavioural functioning at 10-11 years. Specifically, we aimed to: (1) identify distinct trajectories of IPC spanning 10-11 years since birth of the study child as reported by mothers, and (2) examine the emotional-behavioural functioning of children exposed to the identified IPC trajectories. Drawing from a nationally representative longitudinal study of Australian families (N = 4875), four ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course

Funding Acknowledgements

This paper uses unit record data from Growing Up inAustralia, the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. The study is conducted in partnership between the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS), the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).The findings and views reported are those of the authors and should not be attributed to DSS, AIFS, or ABS. All MCRI staff were supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program, and the NHMRC Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence. RG and SB were supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and an NHMRC Research Fellowship, respectively. DC was supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (CE140100027).