Children's Emotional and Behavioral Effects of Martial Conflict

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Exposure to Marital Conflict and Violence and Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Effects Exposure to marital conflict and violence is linked with negative emotional and behavioral problems among children. It is well established that the effects are unfortunate in children’s development. Internalizing (emotional) and externalizing (behavioral) symptoms are common for children who come from homes with marital conflict and violence. Along with both symptoms poor academic conduct is also huge issue. Emery (1982, cited in Glaser, Glass, Horne, & Marks, 2001) states conflict that is openly hostile is characterized as the most upsetting. Conflicts without resolution have the greatest negative impact and leave long term and short term …show more content…
The risk factors associated with witnessing marital conflict and violence take a toll on children transforming a nurturing home into a place of apprehension, teaching unacceptable behaviors, and most importantly damaging development. Accidental or not, obstructing a child’s development is unethical. Promoting a safe, healthy, environment and enhancing human wellbeing is essential for a child’s development.
Cognitive Contextual Framework How children make sense of their parent’s marital relationship and conflict plays a key role in a child’s wellbeing and development. Grych and Fincham (1990, as cited in Harold & Shelton, 2008) state the specific appraisals children assign to expression and management of conflict between parents… determine variation in their symptoms of emotional and behavioral distress. As children become aware of marital conflict and consequently experience a range of fears associated with exposure to destructive marital discord, they first appraise the situation in terms of negativity, threat, and self-relevance ( Zimet & Jacob, 2001).
Developmental Psychopathology Framework The developmental psychopathology framework offers a useful framework for organizing the study of children’s exposure to domestic violence (Wolfe, Crooks, Lee, McIntyra-Smith, & Jafee, 2003). There are ongoing multidimensional interactive approaches to children’s development. The framework explores how children react and adapt to harsh
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