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Assessing Marital Conflict from the Child's Perspective: The Children's Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale
John H. Grych, Michael Seid and Frank D. Fincham
Vol. 63, No. 3 (Jun., 1992), pp. 558-572
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1131346
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Guided by Grych and Fincham's theoretical framework for investigating the relation between interparental conflict and child adjustment, a questionnaire was developed to assess children's views of several aspects of marital conflict. The Children's Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (CPIC) was initially examined in a sample of 222 9-12-year-old children, and results were cross-validated in a second sample of 144 similarly aged children. 3 factor analytically derived subscales (Conflict Properties, Threat, Self-Blame) demonstrated acceptable levels of internal consistency and test-retest reliability. The validity of the Conflict Properties scale was supported by significant relations with parent reports of conflict and indices of child adjustment; the Threat and Self-Blame scales correlated with children's responses to specific conflict vignettes. The CPIC thus appears to be a promising instrument for assessing perceived marital conflict, and several issues regarding its interpretation are discussed.
Child Development © 1992 Society for Research in Child Development