Interparental conflict and mindful parenting practices: Transactional effects between mothers and fathers

Yuen Man Rebecca CHEUNG, Kevin Kien Hoa CHUNG

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Abstract

Objective: This study examined the transactional relations between mothers' and fathers' destructive interparental conflict tactics and mindful parenting practices. 

Background: According to family systems theory and spillover hypothesis, interparental conflict sets the stage for parents' future levels of conflict as well as parenting difficulties. However, research on the link between conflict and mindful parenting practices remains scarce. The present study aims to investigate the longitudinal relations between mothers' and fathers' interparental conflict tactics and mindful parenting practices. 

Method: Participants were 386 families involving mothers and fathers of adolescent children at 12–17 years old. Mothers and fathers completed questionnaire reports of destructive interparental conflict and mindful parenting at two time points spanning 12 months apart. A structural equation model was conducted to examine the relations between conflict tactics and mindful parenting practices. 

Results: Findings indicated that mothers' and fathers' destructive conflict predicted their own and their spouses' subsequent destructive conflict, as well as mindful parenting practices. Mothers' and fathers' mindful parenting predicted their own mindful parenting longitudinally, but did not predict the other variables. 

Conclusion: Supporting the spillover hypothesis, this study revealed the longitudinal effect of interparental conflict on mindful parenting, regardless of parent gender. Findings suggested dyadic effects between mothers and fathers, in that destructive conflict tactics were associated with future conflict tactics and mindful parenting practices employed by themselves and their spouses. Copyright © 2022 The Authors.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Early online dateJun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2022

Citation

Cheung, R. Y. M., & Chung, K. K. H. (2022). Interparental conflict and mindful parenting practices: Transactional effects between mothers and fathers. Journal of Marriage and Family. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12868

Keywords

  • Interparental conflict
  • Mindful parenting
  • Transactional relations

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