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International Journal of Nursing Education
Year : 2015, Volume : 7, Issue : 4
First page : ( 42) Last page : ( 46)
Print ISSN : 0974-9349. Online ISSN : 0974-9357.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-9357.2015.00191.9

Exploring Perception of Parents about the Impact of Parental Conflict on Children's Social and Emotional Development

Khowaja Farida1,*, Raani Salma Amin2

1Alumnus, Early Childhood Development: Human Development Programme, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

2Assistant Professor & Director, BScN Programme, Aga Khan University School of Nursing & Midwifery, Karachi, Pakistan

*Corresponding author: Farida Khowaja Tel: +92 21 321-3001173 Email ID: faridasalim@live.com

Online published on 3 October, 2015.

Abstract

Employing descriptive exploratory research design, ten parents; eight mothers and two father, having children between 5–8 years of age were recruited from a community of high income strata in Karachi, which is one of the mega cities of Pakistan that is among the low and middle income countries1. Using semi structured interview guide, data was collected through in-depth interviews of the participants. Findings revealed that parental conflicts negatively impact on children's social and emotional development which they demonstrate through being aggressive, losing interest in their education, losing confidence, geing detached from their parents and siblings and at times being abusive. Such emotions, if not treated well, may result them indulging in anti-social behaviors and personality disorders. Hence, it is concluded that positive parental relations are important for children's emotional and overall development. These findings can assist practitioners to promote healthy parental relationships, early identification of conflicts and to intervene as needed.

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Keywords

Early child development, Social and emotional development, Parental conflict, Positive parenting, Family harmony.

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