Title

Strengthening American Indian Couples' Relationship Quality to Improve Parenting

Keywords

American Indians, marriage, Native Americans, parenting, relationship, Fragile Families

Abstract

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 impacted 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.

Original Publication Citation

Limb, G., *White, C., & *Holgate, M. (2014). Strengthening American Indian couples’ relationship quality to improve parenting. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24(2), 92-104.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014-01-30

Publisher

Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Social Work

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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