The Relationship Between Adolescent Depression and Parent Marital Conflict: In Search Of Effects, Outcomes, and Interventions

Adolescence is a time of rapid emotional and physical development when, for most teens, the relationship between parents plays a central role in the emotional well being of the adolescent. It has been shown that increased parental conflict increases adolescent maladjustment and that, in turn, negatively impacts marital adjustment. This paper looks at the reciprocal relationship between marital conflict and adolescent depression, how it affects the adolescent‘s relationships in the future, and, from a family systems perspective, what can be done to moderate these influences.

Melissa Erskine
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