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Authors Mahrer NE, Winslow E, Wolchik SA, Tein JY, Sandler IN
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Journal Child Dev Volume: 85 Issue: 5 Pages: 2091-105
Publish Date 2014 Sep-Oct
PubMed ID 24916511

This study evaluates whether the New Beginnings Program (NBP), a parenting intervention for divorced mothers, led to positive parenting attitudes in young adult offspring. Data were collected from 240 mothers (G1) and offspring (G2) at ages 9-12 and again in adolescence and young adulthood. Alternative theoretical models were tested to examine mediators of NBP effects on G2 parenting attitudes. Significant interactions between condition and baseline G1 parenting indicated that NBP improved G2’s parenting attitudes for those exposed to poorer G1 parenting at program entry. Effects on G2 warm attitudes were partially mediated through program effects on G1 warm parenting. The implications of improving parenting attitudes in offspring who experience parental divorce on well-being in the next generation are discussed. Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System