Date of Degree
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Elizabeth M. Altmaier
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Scott F. McNabb
The role of child optimism as a mediator and moderator in the relationship between interparental conflict and child adjustment was examined for 36 children between the ages of 9 and 12 years who resided in a two adult home. Child participants completed self-report measures of dispositional and attributional optimism, as well as a self-report measure of interparental conflict. Mothers of child participants completed measures of child internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Multiple regression analyses found that dispositional optimism mediated the relationship between interparental conflict and both child internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Attributional optimism was found to mediate the relationship between interparental conflict and child internalizing symptoms. No significant moderating effects of optimism were found. The relationships between optimism and child appraisals of threat and self-blame related to interparental conflict were examined using correlations. Both dispositional and attributional optimism were significantly negatively related to child appraisals of threat and self-blame regarding interparental conflict. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Attributional Style, Cognitive Appraisals, Optimism, Parental Conflict, Self-blame, Threat
viii, 122 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-122).
Copyright 2009 Julia Howe Robinson
Robinson, Julia Howe. "Interparental conflict and child adjustment: the role of child optimism." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2009.