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BOAS, Ana Carolina Villares Barral Villas; DESSEN, Maria Auxiliadora  and  MELCHIORI, Lígia Ebner. Marital conflict and its effects on children’s behavior: a theoretical review. Arq. bras. psicol. [online]. 2010, vol.62, n.2, pp. 91-102. ISSN 1809-5267.

Marital conflicts have been largely investigated in research, especially because of its impact on child development. Based on a literature review, this article aims to present some reflections about marital conflicts and its possible associations with children’s behavior, particularly through parental practices. Emphasis is made on a systemic view of causality between marital conflict and child behavior, which offers a better comprehension of the family functioning. This perspective also allows us to enlarge the analysis scope beyond linear correlations between both variables.

Keywords : family; marital conflict; child development.

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