Co-parents are not just parents, but they play multiple roles in their relationship with each other.
The enormity of the task begins to come into focus when we consider the potential complexity of interparental conflict.
This study examined associations between interparental conflict and adolescents' romantic relationship conflict.Adolescents' perceptions and appraisals of interparental conflict were related to the amount of conflict in romantic relationship and adolescents' conflict styles.Adolescents' appraisals of interparental conflict (i.e., self-blame, perceived threat) moderated many of the associations between interparental conflict and conflict behavior with romantic partners.In line with the cognitive-contextual framework proposed by Grych and Fincham (1990), evidence suggests that children exposed to interparental conflict (IPC) are at risk for experiencing conflict within their own intimate relationships.The mediating role of adolescent appraisal in the relation between IPC and adolescent dating behavior was examined in the current study.Unlike family relationships, where conflicts are frequently resolved through submission or escalation, romantic relationships require adolescents to manage differences by balancing their own needs with those of the partner and the relationship (Laursen, Finkelstein, & Betts, 2001).The voluntary, egalitarian nature of romantic relationships motivates most adolescents to negotiate mutually agreeable solutions to disagreements.The current study builds on this literature by examining examine how interparental conflict is associated with the incidence and management of conflict in adolescents’ romantic relationships.Learning to form and sustain romantic relationships is a key developmental task of adolescence, and building effective conflict skills is fundamental to this task (Shulman, Tuval-Mashiach, Levran, & Anbar, 2006). Japel, Christa Vaillancourt, Tracy and Tremblay, Richard E. Links Between Middle-Childhood Trajectories of Family Dysfunction and Indirect Aggression. Hostility and withdrawal in marital conflict: Effects on parental emotional unavailability and inconsistent discipline..