Marital Discord and Children at Risk

Implications for Research and Prevention
  • Howard J. Markman
  • Deming Jones Leonard
Part of the Topics in Developmental Psychobiology book series (TDP)


The reader may initially wonder why a chapter on marriage is included in this book on children at risk. The reason for our focus on marriage stems from research indicating that marital conflict and dissolution pose a serious threat to the cognitive and emotional adjustment of children of these couples. The basic premise of this chapter is that growing up in a dysfunctional family environment is one of the major risk factors for future child psychopathology. The quality of parental relationship may cause, exacerbate, or heal child problems/Thus, the study of why marriages succeed and fail and how to prevent marital discord should be directly relevant to risk researchers.


Marital Satisfaction Marital Conflict Child Problem Child Adjustment Marital Discord 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard J. Markman
    • 1
  • Deming Jones Leonard
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Marital and Family StudiesUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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