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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Piercarlo Valdesolo

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Over the years, the body of research on the intergenerational transmission of parental conflict has significantly expanded. The presence of parental conflict has been proven to negatively affect the quality of children’s romantic relationships later in life. While some of existing literature has found no association between parental conflict and adolescents’ later intimate relationship development, most have suggested that intergenerational transmission of parental conflict does exist. Further, the effect on offspring is dependent on the type of marital conflict the parents engage in. For example, exposure to aggression has a different impact on adolescents’ later romantic relationships than does emotional dysregulation. Additionally, findings show a difference in how male children and female children are influenced, indicating gender-specific effects of exposure to marital conflict. Cross-cultural differences suggest that culture is a mediator variable in the association between parental conflict and adolescents’ intimate relationship development. This paper examines intergenerational transmission of parental conflict, explores the types of romantic relationship conflict that are transmitted, considers the variable of modeling, and discusses gender and cultural differences.

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