Stress and parenting skills in judicial separation. Analysis of protective and risk factors in parental relationships

Author/s Daniela Pajardi, Monia Vagni, Valeria Giostra, Viviana La Spada, Tiziana Maiorano
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2018/4
Language Italian Pages 20 P. 693-712 File size 224 KB
DOI 10.3280/RIP2018-004009
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Parental stress is a psycho-social dimension of the parent-child relationship and is influenced by the context in which the relationship is experienced. Separa-tion can affect the functionality/dysfunctionality of parenting skills and the level and quality of perceived stress. The main goal of the present study is to investiga-te the possible predictive effect of parental stress perceived during judicial sepa-ration on parental behaviors of risk and/or psychological prejudice. On a sample of 22 parental couples involved in psychological expert witness, the PSI (Paren-ting Stress Index; Abidin, 1986) was administered in order to analyze parental stress level that takes into account the representation that the parent has of his/her child and of the relationship with him/her. The results reported in the PSI will be analyzed in relation to the evaluation of parental skills conducted with the APS-I tool (Assessment of Parental Skills Interview; Camerini et al., 2007). The results show how high parental stress, especially when perceived in the relation-ship with the child (PCDI scale), tends to assume a predictive effect of risk of emotional abuse and/or emotional and psychological neglect. Parental stress can be an interesting key to understanding dynamics between parents and children and parenting skills, useful both from a clinical point of view and in expert wit-ness in court.

Keywords: Parental conflict, parental stress, expert witness, parenting skills.

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