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Pittman, Laura D.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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Department of Psychology


The associations between how parents’ co-parenting influence adolescent’s mental health, and how adolescents’ mental health influences parent’s co-parenting are compared in this study. Participants were parents who had a first-born adolescent about to enter sixth grade and they were currently living in the same household. The participants took questionnaires at three time points, every eight weeks, through Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk). This research study focuses on only the first two-time points and questionnaires about co-parenting dimensions (i.e., conflict, triangulation, cooperation) and adolescents’ depressive symptoms. Six linear regressions were run using SPSS 21, and all analyses controlled for the corresponding Time 1 outcome. Positive associations between co-parenting triangulation, conflict, and adolescent depressive symptoms at both Time 1 and Time 2 were found. Furthermore, there was a significant negative association between co-parenting cooperation and adolescent depressive symptoms at Time 2 but not Time 1. These results indicate that negative co-parenting interactions (i.e., triangulation, conflict), are associated with adolescent depressive symptoms, but not positive interactions (i.e., cooperation).


This paper was completed as part of the author's University Capstone project at Northern Illinois University. Mentorship was provided by Lauren, McNeela and Laura Pittman, Ph.D.


22 pages




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