The association between stress and coparenting quality: A quantitative analysis.
CURE: An Ounce of Prevention: The association between stress and coparenting quality: A quantitative analysis.
Allison Hinaman, Faith Kern, Reema Patel
Dr. Jennifer Doty
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Coparenting is a concept that refers solely to the shared responsibility of two parents for rearing a child. Both interpersonal factors, such as the mother-father relationship and personal stress, and contextual factors, such as employment, housing, and income stability influence coparenting. According to Family Stress Theory, the degree to which families experience and manage stress can influence family outcomes. This study focuses on the association of parental and financial stress with coparenting quality. This study used a sample of 672 participants with an average age of 33.54, who were either married (56.0%) or in a committed relationship (44.0%); 42.6% of participants were White, 46.1% were African American, with 1.3% belonging to another racial group. Participants had an average of 2.30 children under the age of 18 living in their home and had an average income of $34,700. Participants were part of a larger couple relationship education program and completed online surveys that included measures of parental stress, financial distress, and quality of coparenting. These measures were analyzed using linear regression. Results indicated that both Financial Distress and Parenting Stress were negatively associated with Coparenting Quality. The outcomes showed that approximately 6.2% of the variation in coparenting quality was due to financial stress, and 15.7% of the variation in coparenting quality is due to parenting stress. Parenting stress appears to have more than twice the impact that financial distress does on coparenting quality.
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