Coparenting Early School-Age Children: An Examination of Mother-Father Interdependence Within Families

Alan Russell, Graeme Russell

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    Abstract

    Mothers and fathers within families are assumed to exert mutual influences on each other (i.e., to be interdependent). However, there is little evidence on the nature of this interdependence. Mother-Father interdependence was examined in a middle-class, White nonclinic sample in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, consisting of intact families with an early school-age child. Interdependence was investigated in the forms of correlation, similarity, and complementarity for variables in 4 domains of parenting. For individual variables there was a substantial degree of similarity. However, there was considerable diversity and complexity in the pattern of similarity and difference, across variables and for different families. Interdependence appears to take various forms in different families. Better marital quality and greater similarity of personality were not related to more mother-father similarity. Explanations for similarity are considered.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)757-770
    Number of pages14
    JournalDevelopmental Psychology
    Volume30
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1994

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