A mediational model of the relationships among marital power, triadic family functioning, and child adjustment: An examination of ethnic and gender differences

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Neena Malik - Committee Chair


The present study was conducted to examine whether marital power relations spill over into triadic family relationships and child adjustment, and to test a mediational model where triadic family functioning mediates the relationship between marital power and child adjustment. Child gender and family ethnicity were tested as moderators of these processes. An ethnically diverse sample of two-hundred and sixty-nine families with a child between the ages of 6 and 13 participated. Parents completed questionnaires to assess family demographics and child behavior. Information regarding couple power dynamics and triadic family interactions was collected during videotaped discussions. As expected, marital power relations were related to family and child functioning, and the relationship between marital power and child functioning was mediated by family functioning. Statistical support was found for moderating effects of family ethnicity, but not child gender. Implications for clinical applications and future research are discussed.


Psychology, Social; Psychology, Clinical

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