Spillover effects of marital conflict

Parental Alienation

Marital hostility is linked to the father’s rejecting parenting, which predicts children’s aggressive peer play; the husband’s emotional withdrawal from the marriage is linked to the mother’s rejecting parenting, which predicts children’s internalizing behavior. Deficits in children’s behavioral and physiological regulation of emotion are one mechanism by which the father’s rejection is associated with aggressive peer relations.

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