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What makes siblings different? The development of sibling differences in academic achievement and interests.
To illuminate processes that contribute to the development of sibling differences, this study examined cross-lagged links between parents’ beliefs about sibling differences in academic ability and differences between siblings’ grade point averages (GPAs), and cross-lagged links between differences in siblings’ GPAs and sibling differences in academic interests. Data were collected from mothers, fathers, firstborn youth (M age at Time 1 = 15.71, SD = 1.07), and secondborn youth (M age at Time 1 = 13.18, SD = 1.29) from 388 European American families on 3 annual occasions. Findings revealed that, after controlling for ...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - June 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jensen, Alexander C.; McHale, Susan M. Source Type: research

Fostering parents’ emotion regulation through a sibling-focused experimental intervention.
In this study, we assessed whether an intervention designed to improve children’s sibling relationships, the More Fun with Sisters and Brothers program (MFWSB), may also help parents manage their emotions more effectively. Families with at least 2 children between the ages of 4 and 8 years were randomly assigned to an intervention (n = 50) or wait-list control (n = 34) group. Parents completed pre- and posttest questionnaires on sibling warmth and agonism, their emotion regulation during sibling conflict, and their global emotion regulation styles. Program participation had a direct effect on 3 of the 4 emotion regulatio...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - June 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ravindran, Niyantri; Engle, Jennifer M.; McElwain, Nancy L.; Kramer, Laurie Source Type: research

Socioeconomic status, parenting, and externalizing problems in african american single-mother homes: A person-oriented approach.
African American youth, particularly those from single-mother homes, are overrepresented in statistics on externalizing problems. The family is a central context in which to understand externalizing problems; however, reliance on variable-oriented approaches to the study of parenting, which originate from work with intact, middle-income, European American families, may obscure important information regarding variability in parenting styles among African American single mothers, and in turn, variability in youth outcomes as well. The current study demonstrated that within African American single-mother families: (a) a perso...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - June 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Anton, Margaret T.; Jones, Deborah J.; Youngstrom, Eric A. Source Type: research

Predictors of relationship dissolution in lesbian, gay, and heterosexual adoptive parents.
Little work has examined relationship dissolution or divorce in adoptive parents or same-sex parent couples. The current study examined predictors of relationship dissolution across the first 5 years of parenthood among a sample of heterosexual, lesbian, and gay male adoptive couples. Of the 190 couples in the study, 15 (7.9%) dissolved their relationships during the first 5 years of adoptive parenthood. Specifically, 7 of 57 lesbian couples (12.3%), 1 of 49 gay male couples (2.0%), and 7 of 84 heterosexual couples (8.3%) dissolved their unions. Results of our logistic regression analysis revealed that the odds of relation...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - June 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Goldberg, Abbie E.; Garcia, Randi Source Type: research

Effects of change in arthritis severity on spouse well-being: The moderating role of relationship closeness.
The severity of a patient’s illness may be detrimental for the psychological well-being of the spouse, especially for those in a particularly close relationship. Using 2 waves of data collected from a sample of 152 knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients and their spouses, we examined associations between change in patients’ illness severity and change in 3 indicators of spouses’ well-being (positive affect, depressive symptoms, and life satisfaction) over a 6-month period. We also tested the hypothesis that spouses’ perceived relationship closeness with the patient would moderate these associations. Consistent with our ...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - June 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Polenick, Courtney A.; Martire, Lynn M.; Hemphill, Rachel C.; Stephens, Mary Ann Parris Source Type: research

Correction to Hawkins and Erickson (2015).
Reports an error in "Is couple and relationship education effective for lower income participants? A meta-analytic study" by Alan J. Hawkins and Sage E. Erickson (Journal of Family Psychology, 2015[Feb], Vol 29[1], 59-68). The link to supplemental materials (http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000045.supp) was inadvertently omitted. All versions of this article have been corrected. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2014-49424-001.) The negative effects of family instability on children and adults have captured the attention of legislators and policymakers wondering if something could be done to h...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - June 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: No authorship indicated Source Type: research

“The best is always yet to come”: Relationship stages and processes among young LGBT couples.
Limited research has examined relationship development among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) couples in emerging adulthood. A better understanding of LGBT couples can inform the development of relationship education programs that reflect their unique needs. The following questions guided this study: (a) What are the stages and processes during young LGBT couples’ relationship development? and (b) How do these compare with existing literature on heterosexual adults? A secondary goal was to explore similarities and differences between couples assigned male (MAAB) and female at birth (FAAB). Thirty-six couple...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - June 8, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Macapagal, Kathryn; Greene, George J.; Rivera, Zenaida; Mustanski, Brian Source Type: research

Stress in romantic relationships and adolescent depressive symptoms: Influence of parental support.
It is well known that stressful life events can play a role in the development of adolescent depressive symptoms; however, there has been little research on romantic stress specifically. The relationship between romantic stress and depressive symptoms is particularly salient in adolescence, as adolescence often involves the onset of dating. This and other stressors are often dealt with in the context of the family. The present study examined the relationship between romantic stress and depressive symptoms both concurrently and prospectively, controlling for preexisting depressive symptoms. We then explored whether support ...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - May 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Anderson, Samantha F.; Salk, Rachel H.; Hyde, Janet S. Source Type: research

Can marriage education mitigate the risks associated with premarital cohabitation?
This study tested whether relationship education (i.e., the Prevention and Relationship Education Program; PREP) can mitigate the risk of having cohabited before making a mutual commitment to marry (i.e., “precommitment cohabitation”) for marital distress and divorce. Using data from a study of PREP for married couples in the U.S. Army (N = 662 couples), we found that there was a significant association between precommitment cohabitation and lower marital satisfaction and dedication before random assignment to intervention. After intervention, this precommitment cohabitation effect was only apparent in the control grou...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - May 4, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rhoades, Galena K.; Stanley, Scott M.; Markman, Howard J.; Allen, Elizabeth S. Source Type: research

Mexican-origin parents’ work conditions and adolescents’ adjustment.
We examined the indirect effects of parental work conditions on adolescent adjustment through parents’ psychological functioning (i.e., depressive symptoms, role overload) and aspects of the parent–adolescent relationship (i.e., parental solicitation, parent–adolescent conflict), as well as moderation by adolescent gender. Participants were 246 predominantly immigrant, Mexican-origin, 2-parent families who participated in home interviews when adolescents were approximately 13 and 15 years of age. Results supported the positive impact of fathers’ occupational self-direction on all 3 aspects of adolescents’ adjustm...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - May 4, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Wheeler, Lorey A.; Updegraff, Kimberly A.; Crouter, Ann Source Type: research

Immigration and the interplay of parenting, preschool enrollment, and young children’s academic skills.
This study tested a conceptual model of the reciprocal relations among parents’ support for early learning and children’s academic skills and preschool enrollment. Structural equation modeling of data from 6,250 children (Ages 2 to 5) and parents in the nationally representative Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort revealed that parental support for early learning was associated with gains in children’s academic skills, which, in turn, were associated with their likelihood of preschool attendance. Preschool experience then was associated with further gains in children’s early academic competencies, which...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - May 4, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ansari, Arya; Crosnoe, Robert Source Type: research

Disposable diaper use promotes consolidated nighttime sleep and positive mother-infant interactions in Chinese 6-month-olds.
The emergence of consolidated nighttime sleep and the formation and maintenance of parent-infant relationships are 2 primary developmental achievements of the infancy period. Despite the development of a transactional model that links parenting behaviors to infant sleep, limited attention has been devoted to examining experimental manipulations of infant sleep that may impact the discrete parent-infant interactions that may form the foundation for emerging attachment relationships. In the present study, infants were randomly assigned to wear high-absorbency disposable diapers or to continue using traditional low-absorbency...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - May 4, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Lukowski, Angela F.; Liu, Xicheng; Peirano, Patricio; Odio, Mauricio; Bauer, Patricia J. Source Type: research

Variation in marital quality in a national sample of divorced women.
This study addressed that hole by first examining whether distinct trajectories of marital quality can be discerned among women whose marriages ended in divorce and, second, the profile of women who experienced each trajectory. Latent class growth analyses with longitudinal data from a nationally representative sample were used to “look backward” from the time of divorce. Although demographic and socioeconomic variables from this national sample did not predict the trajectories well, nearly 66% of divorced women reported relatively high levels of both happiness and communication and either low or moderate levels of con...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 27, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: James, Spencer L. Source Type: research

Different dimensions, different mechanisms? Distinguishing relationship status and quality effects on desistance.
This study follows from a long line of research aimed at understanding the effects of romantic relationships on desistance from crime. We expanded this work by testing the differential effects of relationship status (i.e., single, dating, cohabiting, married) and relationship quality on crime and the different mechanisms explaining these effects. We drew upon longitudinal data on African American young adults, and utilized a fixed effects approach to examine intraindividual change in relationship status, relationship quality, and offending. Results suggested that, for men, relationship status was directly associated with c...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 27, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Barr, Ashley Brooke; Simons, Ronald L. Source Type: research

Longitudinal relations between constructive and destructive conflict and couples’ sleep.
We examined longitudinal relations between interpartner constructive (negotiation) and destructive (psychological and physical aggression) conflict strategies and couples’ sleep over 1 year. Toward explicating processes of effects, we assessed the intervening role of internalizing symptoms in associations between conflict tactics and couples’ sleep. Participants were 135 cohabiting couples (M age = 37 years for women and 39 years for men). The sample included a large representation of couples exposed to economic adversity. Further, 68% were European American and the remainder were primarily African American. At Time 1 ...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 27, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: El-Sheikh, Mona; Kelly, Ryan J.; Koss, Kalsea J.; Rauer, Amy J. Source Type: research

Gender-typed attributes and marital satisfaction among Mexican immigrant couples: A latent profile approach.
Informed by socioecological and dyadic approaches to understanding marriage, the current study examined the patterning of gender-typed attributes among 120 Mexican immigrant opposite sex couples and the subsequent links with spouses’ reports of marital satisfaction. Latent profile analysis (LPA) was used to identify typologies of couples based on spouses’ self-reported masculine and feminine attributes. Three couple profiles were identified: (a) Androgynous Couples, (b) Undifferentiated Couples, and (c) Mismatched Couples. Results from a mixed model ANCOVA showed profile differences in couples’ marital satisfaction b...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 27, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Wood, Claire A.; Helms, Heather M.; Supple, Andrew J.; Perlman, Daniel Source Type: research

Women in very low quality marriages gain life satisfaction following divorce.
Although marital dissolution is associated with increased risk for poor mental and physical health outcomes, many people report improvements in functioning after divorce. To study the hypothesis that women in lower quality marriages would report the best outcomes upon separation/divorce, we investigated the combined effects of marital quality, gender, and marital status for predicting changes in life satisfaction (LS). Participants (N = 1,639; 50.3% men) were drawn from a nationally representative sample (Midlife in the United States Study), which included assessments of marital quality, marital status, and LS, at 2 time p...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 13, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Bourassa, Kyle J.; Sbarra, David A.; Whisman, Mark A. Source Type: research

Patterns and predictors of coparenting after unmarried parents part.
Nonmarital childbearing has increased dramatically during the past several decades, and the majority of unmarried couples will break up while their child is still young. As a result, many children will be raised by their biological parents living apart, ideally working together as effective coparents. In this article, we use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 1,193) to describe the trajectories of coparenting over 6 years following the end of a nonmarital relationship and to identify individual and interpersonal characteristics associated with better coparenting over time. Results from growth mix...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 13, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Goldberg, Julia S.; Carlson, Marcia J. Source Type: research

Adjustment enhancer or moderator? The role of resilience in postmigration filial responsibility.
The current study investigated resilience factors in filial responsibility and their relationships to adjustment indicators. Young adult immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Israel (N = 220) completed the Comprehensive Filial Responsibilities Inventory and 4 proxy measures of adjustment: An adapted version of the Brief Symptom Inventory, the Satisfaction With Life Scale, the General Self-Efficacy Scale, and selected items from the General Life Functioning Inventory. The resilience factors examined included individual characteristics of Sense of Coherence, Optimism, and perceived social support from an adapted version...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ponizovsky-Bergelson, Yael; Kurman, Jenny; Roer-Strier, Dorit Source Type: research

Over-time associations among parental self-efficacy, promotive parenting practices, and adolescents’ externalizing behaviors.
In this study, we tested these processes during early to middle adolescence using reports from 401 parents (286 mothers, 115 fathers) from 305 families, and their adolescents (Mage = 11.5 years), at 3 time points. Cross-lagged panel models were used to examine the associations among PSE, promotive parenting practices, and adolescents’ externalizing. Results supported a PSE-driven process for mothers within early adolescence. In addition, evidence for parent-behavior–driven and child-driven processes emerged at different times within this developmental period. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Glatz, Terese; Buchanan, Christy M. Source Type: research

Self-reports and spouse ratings of neuroticism: Perspectives on emotional adjustment in couples.
Evidence of reciprocal associations between individual emotional adjustment and the quality of intimate relationships has led to the growing use of interventions that combine a focus on couple issues with a focus on individual emotional functioning. In these approaches, spouse ratings of emotional functioning can provide an important second method of assessment, beyond the much more commonly used self-reports. Although an extensive literature demonstrates substantial convergent correlations between self-reported and spouse-rated emotional adjustment, levels of adjustment evident across these 2 assessment methods are much l...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Smith, Timothy W.; Williams, Paula G. Source Type: research

Salivary cortisol responses to household tasks among couples with unexplained chronic fatigue.
This study examined salivary cortisol levels in couples in which one member had unexplained chronic fatigue (CF). The couples completed questionnaires and seven household activities in a laboratory setting and provided salivary cortisol samples prior to and immediately after the activities, as well as again after completing additional questionnaires and debriefing. The couples rated their interactions as similar to those at home, suggesting ecological validity, and patients with CF experienced the activities as involving more exertion than did their partners. The multilevel model results indicated that patients with CF had...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Schmaling, Karen B.; Romano, Joan M.; Jensen, Mark P.; Wilkinson, Charles W.; McPherson, Sterling Source Type: research

Marital status, marital quality, and heart rate variability in the MIDUS cohort.
This study uses data from the National Survey of Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Biomarker Substudy (N = 907) to examine differences in HF-HRV by traditional marital status categories (married, divorced, widowed, and never married) as well as further differentiating between the continuously married and remarried. In addition, links were also examined between HF-HRV and changes in marital quality (marital satisfaction, support, strain) among individuals in long-term marriages. No significant differences in HF-HRV were observed between married persons and those widowed, divorced, and never married. However, continuously...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Donoho, Carrie J.; Seeman, Teresa E.; Sloan, Richard P.; Crimmins, Eileen M. Source Type: research

Parental criticism is an environmental influence on adolescent somatic symptoms.
Previous studies have suggested that parental criticism leads to more somatic symptoms in adolescent children. However, this research has not assessed the direction of causation or whether genetic and/or environmental influences explain the association between parental criticism and adolescent somatic symptoms. As such, it is impossible to understand the mechanisms that underlie this association. The current study uses the Extended Children of Twins design to examine whether parents’ genes, adolescents’ genes, and/or environmental factors explain the relationship between parental criticism and adolescent somatic sympto...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Horwitz, Briana N.; Marceau, Kristine; Narusyte, Jurgita; Ganiban, Jody; Spotts, Erica L.; Reiss, David; Lichtenstein, Paul; Neiderhiser, Jenae M. Source Type: research

Can mindful parenting be observed? Relations between observational ratings of mother–youth interactions and mothers’ self-report of mindful parenting.
Research on mindful parenting, an extension of mindfulness to the interpersonal domain of parent–child relationships, has been limited by its reliance on self-report assessment. The current study is the first to examine whether observational indices of parent–youth interactions differentiate between high and low levels of self-reported mindful parenting. The Iowa Family Interaction Rating Scales (IFIRS) were used to code interactions between mothers and their 7th grade youth. Mothers drawn from the top and bottom quartiles (n = 375) of a larger distribution of self-reported interpersonal mindfulness in parenting (N = 8...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Duncan, Larissa G.; Coatsworth, J. Douglas; Gayles, Jochebed G.; Geier, Mary H.; Greenberg, Mark T. Source Type: research

Two-year outcomes of the Early Risers prevention trial with formerly homeless families residing in supportive housing.
This article reports 2-year outcomes from a cluster randomized, controlled trial of the Early Risers (ER) program implemented as a selective preventive intervention in supportive housing settings for homeless families. Based on the goals of this comprehensive prevention program, we predicted that intervention participants receiving ER services would show improvement in parenting and child outcomes relative to families in treatment-as-usual sites. The sample included 270 children in 161 families, residing in 15 supportive housing sites; multimethod, multi-informant assessments conducted at baseline and yearly thereafter inc...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gewirtz, Abigail H.; DeGarmo, David S.; Lee, Susanne; Morrell, Nicole; August, Gerald Source Type: research

Prevention effects on trajectories of African American adolescents’ exposure to interparental conflict and depressive symptoms.
The present study investigates the trajectory of children’s exposure to interparental conflict during adolescence, its effects on adolescents’ psychological adjustment, as well as the ability of a family-centered prevention program to alter this trajectory. A total of 331 African American couples with an adolescent or preadolescent child participated in a randomized control trial of the Promoting Strong African American Families program, a newly developed program targeting couple and cocaregiving processes. Using a multi-informant, latent growth curve approach, child exposure to interparental conflict during adolescenc...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - April 6, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Barton, Allen W.; Beach, Steven R. H.; Kogan, Steven M.; Stanley, Scott M.; Fincham, Frank D.; Hurt, Tera R.; Brody, Gene H. Source Type: research

Getting the most out of family data with the R package fSRM.
Family research aims to explore family processes, but is often limited to the examination of unidirectional processes. As the behavior of 1 person has consequences that go beyond that individual, family functioning should be investigated in its full complexity. The social relations model (SRM; Kenny & La Voie, 1984) is a conceptual and analytical model that can disentangle family data from a round-robin design at 3 different levels: the individual level (actor and partner effects), the dyadic level (relationship effects), and the family level (family effect). Its statistical complexity may however be a hurdle for family re...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - March 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Stas, Lara; Schönbrodt, Felix; Loeys, Tom Source Type: research

Divorced mothers’ coparental boundary maintenance after parents repartner.
When divorced parents remarry or cohabit with new partners, it is challenging to maintain functional postdivorce coparenting systems. In this grounded theory study of 19 divorced mothers, we examined the processes by which they maintained boundaries around coparental relationships after 1 or both coparents had repartnered. Mothers saw themselves as captains of the coparenting team, making decisions about who should play what roles in parenting their children. They viewed themselves as having primary responsibility for their children, and they saw their children’s fathers as important coparenting partners. Mothers used a ...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - March 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ganong, Lawrence; Coleman, Marilyn; Jamison, Tyler; Feistman, Richard Source Type: research

Parental knowledge of adolescent activities: Links with parental attachment style and adolescent substance use.
Parents’ knowledge of their adolescents’ whereabouts and activities is a robust predictor of adolescent risk behavior, including the use of drugs and alcohol. Surprisingly few studies have attempted to identify parental characteristics that are associated with the degree of parental knowledge. The present study is the first to examine how parental attachment style relates to mother, father, and adolescent reports of parental knowledge. Further, we used structural equation modeling to test the associations among parents’ attachment styles, reports of parental knowledge, and adolescents’ alcohol and marijuana use. Pa...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - March 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jones, Jason D.; Ehrlich, Katherine B.; Lejuez, C. W.; Cassidy, Jude Source Type: research

Dynamic changes in parent affect and adolescent cardiac vagal regulation: A real-time analysis.
The current study explored the role of parents’ negative and positive affect in adolescent respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) reactivity during a parent–adolescent conflict discussion task and the moderating effects of adolescent sex and age. Questionnaire data were collected from 206 adolescents (10–18 years of age; M = 13.37 years) and their primary caregivers (83.3% biological mothers). Electrocardiogram and respiration data were collected from adolescents, and RSA variables were computed. Parent affect was coded during the conflict discussion task. Multilevel modeling was used to distinguish the between- and with...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - March 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Cui, Lixian; Morris, Amanda Sheffield; Harrist, Amanda W.; Larzelere, Robert E.; Criss, Michael M. Source Type: research

Caregiving burden and uplifts: A contradiction or a protective partnership for the quality of life of parents and their children with asthma?
This study aimed to examine the caregiving experience of parents caring for a child with asthma and the moderating role of caregiving uplifts on the associations between caregiving burden and quality of life (QoL) of parents and their children. Participants were 180 dyads of children/adolescents with asthma between 8 and 18 years of age and one of their parents. The parents reported on caregiving burden and uplifts and on their QoL, and the children/adolescents completed a self-report measure of generic QoL. Results showed that although parents of children with intermittent asthma and parents of younger children presented ...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - March 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Silva, Neuza; Carona, Carlos; Crespo, Carla; Canavarro, Maria Cristina Source Type: research

Household chaos, sociodemographic risk, coparenting, and parent-infant relations during infants’ first year.
Household chaos is a construct often overlooked in studies of human development, despite its theoretical links with the integrity of individual well-being, family processes, and child development. The present longitudinal study examined relations between household chaos and well-established correlates of chaos (sociodemographic risk, major life events, and personal distress) and several constructs that, to date, are theoretically linked with chaos but never before assessed as correlates (quality of coparenting and emotional availability with infants at bedtime). In addressing this aim, we introduce a new measure of househo...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - February 23, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Whitesell, Corey J.; Teti, Douglas M.; Crosby, Brian; Kim, Bo-Ram Source Type: research

The validity of retrospectively reported conflict interactions in couples.
This study investigated the extent to which researchers and clinicians can obtain valid retrospective self-reports of couples’ conflict interactions outside a laboratory setting. A distinction was made between relationship attribute variance, regarding a shared perspective of both partners, and informant-specific variance, regarding the unique vantage point of each partner. By examining convergent and divergent associations for each type of variance, this study clarified the risk that responses might be influenced by informant-specific biases related to levels of relationship satisfaction. This study also investigated po...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - February 16, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Backer-Fulghum, Lindsey M.; Sanford, Keith Source Type: research

Emulating real-life situations with a play task to observe parenting skills and child behaviors.
We describe a systematic process for developing the parent–child play task (PCPT) to assess mother–child interactions for a randomized controlled trial of a video-based parenting program. Participants were 307 mothers and their 3- to 6-year-old children who presented oppositional and disruptive behavior challenges. The validity of the PCPT was investigated by testing (a) the extent to which the tasks elicited the specific parent and child behaviors of interest, (b) the consistency of individuals’ behavior across the play tasks, and (c) the concurrent associations of the PCPT-observed child behaviors and mother report...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - February 16, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Rusby, Julie C.; Metzler, Carol W.; Sanders, Matthew R.; Crowley, Ryann Source Type: research

Trajectories of children’s social interactions with their infant sibling in the first year: A multidimensional approach.
Individual differences in longitudinal trajectories of children’s social behaviors toward their infant sibling were examined simultaneously across multiple social dimensions: Positive engagement (moving toward), antagonism (moving against), and avoidance (moving away). Three distinct social patterns were identified: (C1) positively-engaged (n = 107, 50%); (C2) escalating-antagonism (n = 90, 42%); and (C3) early-onset antagonism (n = 16, 8%). Children in the positively-engaged class had high levels of positive engagement with their infant siblings, coupled with low levels of antagonism and avoidance. The escalating-antago...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - February 9, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Oh, Wonjung; Volling, Brenda L.; Gonzalez, Richard Source Type: research

Correction to Lougheed et al. (2014).
Reports an error in "Maternal Regulation of Child Affect in Externalizing and Typically-Developing Children" by Jessica P. Lougheed, Tom Hollenstein, Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff and Isabela Granic (Journal of Family Psychology, Advanced Online Publication, Nov 17, 2014, np). In the article, errors due to a calculation error were noted in Table 2 and in the in-text references to the values reported in Table 2. The corrected version of the paragraph and the corrected version of Table 2 are presented below. The corrected calculations are no different in terms of the significance and direction of effects from the article originall...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - February 9, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: No authorship indicated Source Type: research

The role of parental self-efficacy in adolescent school-refusal.
Parental characteristics such as psychopathology and parenting practices are understood to be implicated in school-refusal presentations. Expanding upon these largely affective and behavioral factors, the present study sought to examine the role of a parenting cognitive construct—parenting self-efficacy—in understanding school-refusal. School-refusing adolescents (n = 60, 53% male) and school-attending adolescents (n = 46, 39% male) aged 12–17 years (M = 13.93, SD = 1.33), along with a parent, participated in the study. Participants completed study measures of demographics, psychopathology, overall family functioning...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Carless, Belinda; Melvin, Glenn A.; Tonge, Bruce J.; Newman, Louise K. Source Type: research

Maternal stress and internalizing symptoms in preschoolers: The moderating role of narrative coherence.
In the present study, we examined whether maternal psychosocial stress and children’s coherence in story-stem narratives are associated with preschool children’s internalizing symptoms and disorders, and whether narrative coherence moderates the association between maternal stress and children’s internalizing symptoms and disorders. The sample consists of 236 preschool children (129 girls, 107 boys; Mage = 5.15 years) and their mothers. Mothers completed questionnaires on their psychosocial stress burden and on child symptoms. A diagnostic interview (the Preschool Age Psychiatric Assessment; Egger & Angold, 2004) was...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - February 2, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Stadelmann, Stephanie; Otto, Yvonne; Andreas, Anna; von Klitzing, Kai; Klein, Annette Maria Source Type: research

A randomized clinical trial of family therapy in juvenile drug court.
The objective of this article is to examine the effectiveness of 2 theoretically different treatments delivered in juvenile drug court—family therapy represented by multidimensional family therapy (MDFT) and group-based treatment represented by adolescent group therapy (AGT)—on offending and substance use. Intent-to-treat sample included 112 youth enrolled in juvenile drug court (primarily male [88%], and Hispanic [59%] or African American [35%]), average age 16.1 years, randomly assigned to either family therapy (n = 55) or group therapy (n = 57). Participants were assessed at baseline and 6, 12, 18 and 24 months foll...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - January 26, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dakof, Gayle A.; Henderson, Craig E.; Rowe, Cynthia L.; Boustani, Maya; Greenbaum, Paul E.; Wang, Wei; Hawes, Samuel; Linares, Clarisa; Liddle, Howard A. Source Type: research

Correction to Dittman et al. (2014).
Reports an error in "Predicting success in an online parenting intervention: The role of child, parent, and family factors" by Cassandra K. Dittman, Susan P. Farruggia, Melanie L. Palmer, Matthew R. Sanders and Louise J. Keown (Journal of Family Psychology, 2014[Apr], Vol 28[2], 236-243). In the article, disclaimer was inadvertently omitted from the author note. The disclaimer is included. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2014-08130-001.) The present study involved an examination of the extent to which a wide range of child, parent, family, and program-related factors predicted child behav...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: No authorship indicated Source Type: research

Coparenting and children’s temperament predict firstborns’ cooperation in the care of an infant sibling.
This study examined how coparenting and firstborn children’s temperament predicted children’s cooperative behavior in response to maternal requests for assistance in the care of a 1-month-old infant sibling. Children’s cooperative responding was observed during a diaper change session for 216 firstborns (ages 13 to 70 months; M = 32). Parents also completed questionnaires assessing coparenting and children’s temperament. Results suggested that coparenting quality moderated the association between children’s temperament (i.e., soothability) and children’s cooperation as revealed in a Temperament × Cooperative C...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Song, Ju-Hyun; Volling, Brenda L. Source Type: research

Correction to Salmon et al. (2014).
Reports an error in "Does adding an emotion component enhance the Triple P−Positive Parenting Program" by Karen Salmon, Cassandra Dittman, Matthew Sanders, Rebecca Burson and Josie Hammington (Journal of Family Psychology, 2014[Apr], Vol 28[2], 244-252). In the article, a disclaimer was inadvertently omitted from the author note. The disclaimer has been included. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2014-07166-001.) This pilot study aimed to compare the efficacy of a regular offering of the group-delivered Triple P−Positive Parenting Program for child behavior problems with an enhanced ver...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: No authorship indicated Source Type: research

Correction to Sanders (2008).
Reports an error in "Triple P-Positive Parenting Program as a public health approach to strengthening parenting" by Matthew R. Sanders (Journal of Family Psychology, 2008[Aug], Vol 22[4], 506-517). In the article, a disclaimer was inadvertently omitted from the author note. The disclaimer has been included. (The following abstract of the original article appeared in record 2008-10898-003.) Parenting programs have considerable potential to improve the mental health and well-being of children, improve family relationships, and benefit the community at large. However, traditional clinical models of service delivery reach rela...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - January 12, 2015 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: No authorship indicated Source Type: research

Family functioning in the context of parental bipolar disorder: Associations with offspring age, sex, and psychopathology.
This study examined the cross-sectional associations between family functioning (cohesion, expressiveness, and conflict) and psychopathology in 117 offspring (ages 5–18) of 75 parents with BD. We also examined whether age and sex differences moderated these associations. We measured offspring psychopathology by examining current dimensional symptoms and DSM–IV emotional and behavioral disorders. Correlational analyses indicated that higher family conflict and lower cohesion were associated with higher internalizing and externalizing symptoms in offspring. Lower family cohesion was also associated with current offspring...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - December 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Freed, Rachel D.; Tompson, Martha C.; Wang, Christine H.; Otto, Michael W.; Hirshfeld-Becker, Dina R.; Nierenberg, Andrew A.; Henin, Aude Source Type: research

Capitalizing on everyday positive events uniquely predicts daily intimacy and well-being in couples coping with breast cancer.
Capitalization is the relational process of savoring positive life events by sharing them with responsive relationship partners. The purpose of the present study was to use dyadic intensive longitudinal methods to examine novel hypotheses regarding links between capitalization processes and daily intimacy and well-being in women with breast cancer and their intimate partners. Although couples coping with cancer often experience an increase in negative daily life events, we hypothesized that it would be important for them to share and capitalize on positive events in addition to sharing negative events. Female patients with...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - December 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Otto, Amy K.; Laurenceau, Jean-Philippe; Siegel, Scott D.; Belcher, Amber J. Source Type: research

Children exposed to intimate partner violence: Influences of parenting, family distress, and siblings.
The aim of this study was to investigate associations between maternal stress, parenting behavior, and sibling adjustment in relation to child trauma symptoms in families with and without a history of intimate partner violence (IPV). Maternal report was used to measure maternal stress and child trauma symptoms, whereas parenting behavior was assessed through an observational measure. Participants consisted of mothers with 2 school-age siblings recruited from the community. Results indicated that violent families reported higher levels of maternal stress and sibling trauma symptoms than nonviolent families, although no diff...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - December 22, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tailor, Ketan; Stewart-Tufescu, Ashley; Piotrowski, Caroline Source Type: research

The interpersonal process model of demand/withdraw behavior.
The demand/withdraw interaction pattern is a destructive cycle of relationship communication behavior that is associated with negative individual and relationship outcomes. Demand/withdraw behavior is thought to be strongly linked to partners’ emotional reactions, but current theories are inconsistent with empirical findings. The current study proposes the interpersonal process model of demand/withdraw behavior, which includes linkages between each partners’ emotional reactions and the interpersonal behavior of demanding and withdrawing. Data come from problem solving discussions of 55 German couples with observational...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - December 15, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Baucom, Brian R.; Dickenson, Janna A.; Atkins, David C.; Baucom, Donald H.; Fischer, Melanie S.; Weusthoff, Sarah; Hahlweg, Kurt; Zimmermann, Tanja Source Type: research

Parent and adolescent intentions to disclose and links to positive social behavior.
Children’s disclosure to parents as a buffer against antisocial behavior, and its parenting antecedents, have been extensively studied in recent years. The influence of parents’ own disclosure on children’s disclosure and positive social behavior has received little attention, however. We assessed mothers’ (n = 149), fathers’ (n= 105), and 12- to 14-year-old early adolescents’ (n = 127) intentions to disclose about distress-related events and rule transgressions, their reasons for disclosing, and links to positive social behavior (assessed by mothers’ ratings of willing compliance and by teachers’ [n = 114]...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - December 15, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Chaparro, Maria Paula; Grusec, Joan E. Source Type: research

Comparing childhood meal frequency to current meal frequency, routines, and expectations among parents.
This study aims to examine associations between parents’ report of eating family meals while growing up and their current family meal frequency, routines, and expectations. Baseline data were used from the Healthy Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment (HOME) Plus study, a randomized controlled trial with a program to promote healthful behaviors and family meals at home. Participants (160 parent/child dyads) completed data collection in 2011–2012 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metropolitan area. Parents were predominately female (95%) and white (77%) with a mean age of 41.3 years. General linear modeling examined...
Source: Journal of Family Psychology - December 8, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Friend, Sarah; Fulkerson, Jayne A.; Neumark-Sztainer, Dianne; Garwick, Ann; Flattum, Colleen Freeh; Draxten, Michelle Source Type: research