Patterns of coparenting and young children's social–emotional adjustment in low-income families

Sarah J. Schoppe-Sullivan, Jingyi Wang, Junyeong Yang, Minjung Kim, Yiran Zhang, Susan H. Yoon

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This study identified coparenting patterns using data collected across 2007–2010 from low-income couples (N = 2915; 26.90% non-Hispanic White; 9.41% non-Hispanic Black; 34.24% Hispanic, 29.27% other or mixed race) with young children (M = 3.65 years; SD = 1.31 years; 48% girls) and examined relations with children's social–emotional adjustment. Latent profile analysis revealed four coparenting patterns: mutual high-quality (43.4%), moderate-quality, mothers less positive (31.8%), moderate-quality, fathers less positive (15.9%), and low-quality, mothers less positive (8.9%). When parents' perspectives on coparenting were positive and congruent, children fared best. Children also fared well when coparenting quality was moderate, and mothers were less positive than fathers. When coparenting quality was moderate and fathers were less positive than mothers, children showed the poorest adjustment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)874-888
Number of pages15
JournalChild Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2023

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