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News and results from the Dynamics of Family Conflict Study
Children's reactions to the corona closure in the spring of 2020
For the children, the corona closure spring 2020, meant less contact with friends, loss of regular routines related to school and leisure activities and more time at home with parents. In an article published in the European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, we examined how children's experiences of home schooling, family turmoil, screen time, loss of friends, and concerns about infection were related to how they responded to the shutdowns. The children were generally less sad and scared, but at the same time reported more difficulty concentrating and sleeping problems.
- Read the publication: The impact of school closure and social isolation on children in vulnerable families during COVID-19: A focus on children’s reactions (Nov 25, 2020)
Patterns of parental conflict in different families
In the spring of 2020, we published an article on parental conflicts and patterns within and across family forms when family patterns are challenged. Previous research on parental conflicts shows that how parents argue, has a greater impact on children's well-being than whether they argue or not. We therefore wanted to find out whether typical characteristics of parental conflicts vary between different family forms. The findings showed that there were some clear differences, both in what the parents argued most about, and how they argued.
- Read the publication: Interparental conflicts: Patterns across family constellations when the family system is under pressure (March 2020)
Results from the pilot project to FamilieForSK
A pilot project for The Dynamics of Family Conflict Study was carried out in 2015 and 2016 (funded by the Directorate for Children, Youth and Familiy Affairs (Bufdir).
A selection of families participating in the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Survey (MoBa) were invited to participate. In addition, a small group of families who attended mediation in the family protection service were invited. In total, mothers, fathers and children from a total of 389 families participated in the pilot project.
The results from the pilot project have been used to assess whether the measurement methods we use are suitable for Norwegian conditions, as many of the questions we use in the interviews and questionnaires have previously only been used in countries other than Norway. This has, among other things, been investigated in an article published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
- Assessing Children’s Responses to Interparental Conflict: Validation and Short Scale Development of SIS and CPIC-Properties Scales (Sept 16, 2019)
An article has also been written from the pilot project comparing parents' and children's reports of children's reactions to parental conflicts. Here, the researchers find that parents underreport children's reactions to parental conflicts compared to the children themselves. The article is published in the Journal of Family Psychology.
- Read the publication: “Agreement between child and parent reports of children's reactions to interparental conflict” (April 29, 2021)
Three master's theses are based on the data collected in the pilot project:
- Interparental Conflict and Children’s Internalising and Externalising Problems in a Norwegian Sample (2017)
- Barns fortolkning og opplevelse av foreldrekonflikter (2017) (In Norwegian only)
- Aspekt ved foreldrekonflikt og barns involvering i eller unngåelse av konflikten (2017) (In Norwegian only)
The Dynamics of Family Conflict Study sends out annual newsletters; one for parents and one separate newsletter for children and young people. In Norwegian only.