Date of Award
Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)
Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance
This study examined the relationship between a child’s perception of interparental conflict and a child’s level of self-esteem and social skills. Furthermore, gender and grade differences were analyzed to determine how they play a role in this relationship between interparental conflict and a child’s level of self-esteem and social skills. Self-report questionnaires were administered to 127 5th grade (elementary school) students and 137 6th grade (junior high school) students. Results indicated that a child’s self-report of interparental conflict was significantly and negatively related to the child’s self-report of self-esteem and social skills, even when controlling for the intercorrelations between self-esteemand social skills. Although grade and gender were not found to mediate the relationship between interparental conflict and childhood adjustment, grade and gender effects were found for social skills usage. Girls reported higher levels of social skills than boys, and 5th grade students reported higher levels of social skills than did 6th grade students. Differences among the three subscales of the CPIC were also noted. Although all three subscales were found to significantly account for self-esteem differences, only reports of self-blame and conflict properties accounted for social skills differences. Implications of the results are discussed.
Poe, Christie Lynn, "The Children's Perception of Interparental Conflict and its Relationship to the Psychosocial Adjustment of Elementary and Junior High Students" (1997). Student Work. 2051.