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Relationships Between the Mother’s and the Child’s Psychological Well-Being in Context of Divorce

Catherine Cyr-Villeneuve, Francine Cyr, Geneviève Carobene

This article focuses on the role of the mother’s psychological well-being on the difficulties she observes in her child and the direct influence of her emotional distress on her child, in the context of divorce. 37 mothers and children completed measures of the mother’s
psychological distress (PSI) and the child’s psychological well-being (CBCL, RCMAS and CDI), The statistical analysis shows that in the context of divorce, the mother’s psychological distress is linked with the global difficulties she observed in her child. The results also revealed that in context of a divorce, maternal distress is associated with the child self-reported depression. The results discussed take into account the specificities of the Québec context.