Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors
Dr. Alice Schermerhorn
: interparental conflict, internalizing problems, children, cognition
Extensive research has found that interparental conflict is associated with children’s adjustment and cognitive appraisals. This study aims to address two questions. First, does exposure to interparental conflict predict children’s immediate and long-term cognitions regarding interparental conflict? Second, do children’s immediate and long-term cognitions predict internalizing problems, such as anxiety and depression? Children ages 9- to 11-years-old (n = 96; 59 females, 1 gender-neutral) were shown video presentations of conflict between two actors portraying a married couple. Children evaluated the actors’ behaviors as good or bad, and these evaluations were used as a measure of their immediate cognitions regarding interparental conflict stimuli. These immediate cognitions were compared to measures of children’s long-term cognitions regarding interparental conflict, exposure to interparental conflict, and internalizing problems using bivariate correlation and simple regression analyses. In contrast to the hypotheses, more exposure to interparental conflict did not predict immediate or long-term cognitions, nor did immediate or long-term cognitions predict children’s internalizing problems. Implications for future studies comparing immediate and long-term cognitions are discussed.
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Portnoy, Madeline M., "Examining Children’s Cognitions in Response to Interparental Conflict" (2017). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 166.