Parenting as mediator between post-divorce family structure and childrens well-beingParenting as mediator between post-divorce family structure and childrens well-being
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Research Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (CELLO)
Journal of child and family studies
25(2016):7, p. 2178-2188
University of Antwerp
Divorce and its subsequent transitions can be stressful for children and therefore, affect their well-being in a negative manner. Effective parenting (with high support and high control) can, however, function as a protective factor. While previous studies have indicated that effective parenting does indeed improve childrens well-being after divorce, these studies tended to concentrate on maternal family structures and transitions as well as maternal parenting. With this study, we investigate the mediating role of both maternal and paternal parenting between various family structures after divorce (including the custodial arrangement as well as the repartnering of both parents) and childrens well-being. Therefore, we analyzed 618 parentchild dyads from the multi-actor dataset Divorce in FlandersDiF using a mediated structural equation model. Results revealed that both maternal and paternal parenting can mediate between family structure after divorce and childrens well-being. Depending on the type of post divorce family constellation, parenting can be considered as a risk or a protective factor, for both maternal and paternal parenting.