Strengthening American Indian Couples' Relationship Quality to Improve Parenting.

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Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
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Limb, Gordon E.
White, Cindy.
Holgate, Magen.
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Using Fragile Families data, this study examined the impact that relationship quality has on American Indian parenting and its consequences on children. Results indicated that the more support American Indian parents received from one another, the more positive interactions they had with their child. Additionally, while engagement increased and spanking decreased with more support received for unmarried American Indian mothers, support from the father affected their engagement more so than those who were married. Therefore, implementation of culturally appropriate relationship enhancing and premarital programs could be beneficial to strengthening American Indian families and have a positive impact on parenting. (Author abstract)

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