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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 7/2016

25-02-2016 | Original Paper

Parenting as Mediator Between Post-divorce Family Structure and Children’s Well-being

Auteurs: Kim Bastaits, Dimitri Mortelmans

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 7/2016

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Abstract

Divorce and its subsequent transitions can be stressful for children and therefore, affect their well-being in a negative manner. Effective parenting (with high support and high control) can, however, function as a protective factor. While previous studies have indicated that effective parenting does indeed improve children’s well-being after divorce, these studies tended to concentrate on maternal family structures and transitions as well as maternal parenting. With this study, we investigate the mediating role of both maternal and paternal parenting between various family structures after divorce (including the custodial arrangement as well as the repartnering of both parents) and children’s well-being. Therefore, we analyzed 618 parent–child dyads from the multi-actor dataset “Divorce in Flanders—DiF” using a mediated structural equation model. Results revealed that both maternal and paternal parenting can mediate between family structure after divorce and children’s well-being. Depending on the type of post divorce family constellation, parenting can be considered as a risk or a protective factor, for both maternal and paternal parenting.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Parenting as Mediator Between Post-divorce Family Structure and Children’s Well-being
Auteurs
Kim Bastaits
Dimitri Mortelmans
Publicatiedatum
25-02-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 7/2016
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-016-0395-8