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Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Leanne Olson, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children's rights--United States; Custody of children; Divorce--Psychological aspects; Behavior disorders in children


This study explored the relationship between internalizing and externalizing behaviors in children who experience limited and unlimited transition custody arrangements. The researcher obtained a convenience sample of 25 parents (16 women, 9 men) who reported scores for 32 children (16 girls, 16 boys) from a local church organization in the Midwestern United States. Parent participants' ages ranged from 29 to 47 years old (M = 37, SD = 4.8), whereas child ages ranged between 4 and 10 years old (M = 7, SD = .51). Participants conlpleted a prescreening interview, the Child Behavior Checklist (Achenbach & Rescorla, 2000; Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001), and a demographic survey. The researcher hypothesized that parents of children in limited transition custody arrangements would report lower internalizing and externalizing scores than parents of children in unlimited transition custody arrangements. The results of the study supported the researcher's hypothesis.


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