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Title: Marital relationship, parenting practices, and social skills development in preschool children
Authors: Hosokawa, Rikuya  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Katsura, Toshiki  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Author's alias: 桂, 敏樹
Keywords: Marital conflict
Marital relationship
Parenting practices
Preschool children
Social skills
Issue Date: 7-Jan-2017
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Journal title: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
Volume: 11
Thesis number: 2
Abstract: Background: This study examined the pathways by which destructive and constructive marital conflict leading to social skills development in preschool children, are mediated through negative and positive parenting practices. Methods: Mothers of 2931 Japanese children, aged 5-6 years, completed self-report questionnaires regarding their marital relationship (the Quality of co-parental communication scale) and parental practices (the Alabama parenting questionnaire). The children's teachers evaluated their social skills using the Social skills scale. Results: Path analyses revealed significant direct paths from destructive marital conflict to negative parenting practices and lower scores on the self-control component of social skills. In addition, negative parenting practices mediated the relationship between destructive marital conflict and lower scores on cooperation, self-control, and assertion. Our analyses also revealed significant direct paths from constructive marital conflict to positive parenting practices, and higher scores on cooperation and assertion. Positive parenting practices mediated the relationship between constructive marital conflict and higher scores on self-control and assertion. Conclusions: These findings suggest that destructive and constructive marital conflict may directly and indirectly influence children's social skills development through the mediation of parenting practices.
Rights: © 2017 The Author(s). This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated
DOI(Published Version): 10.1186/s13034-016-0139-y
PubMed ID: 28077966
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