Marital Conflict and Children

An Emotional Security Perspective

E. Mark Cummings and Patrick T. Davies

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“Very skilled and very detailed....At the end is an elaborate appendix of coding systems and methodology, which I found to be of great interest. There are 42 pages of references and an in-depth index covering everything you could want to know about parenting, child development, and behavior.”

The Independent Practitioner

“This is a very well-researched and interesting textbook, containing a lot of thought provoking information.”

Counselling Children and Young People

“Those who own the earlier title will want to add this new volume, which will be useful in both the study and the practice of family psychology. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.”


“Cummings and Davies have done it again! This is a superb book, combining years of programmatic research with keen insights and a constant eye toward practical applications for practitioners and the parents they work with. Marital Conflict and Children is 'must' reading for researchers and practitioners in psychology, family therapy, and associated disciplines, as well as a great text for upper-division undergraduate and graduate classes.”

—Robert E. Emery, PhD, Department of Psychology and Director, Center for Children, Families, and the Law, University of Virginia

“Rapid advances in research have illuminated the fascinating and complex connections between marital conflict and the well-being of children. Here, noted scientists Cummings and Davies pull together diverse strands of theory and evidence to offer a concise and masterful summary of this burgeoning literature. Broad in vision and tightly organized, this is the book that scholars, students, and practitioners will want to read for a state-of-the-art understanding of how marital dynamics influence child development, and for a glimpse of what the next generation of work holds in store.”

—Thomas N. Bradbury, PhD, Department of Psychology and Codirector, UCLA Relationship Institute, University of California, Los Angeles

“The influence of marital relationships on parenting and on children's development is an issue of long-standing interest to developmental scientists, counselors and clinicians, school personnel, and policymakers. Cummings and Davies rightly regard the child’s developing emotional security or insecurity as critical to understanding this process. This informative, well written and engaging work explicates the theoretical foundations of emotional security, reviews research on the topic, and presents new findings. The authors' analysis should be taken seriously by all concerned with the well-being of children and families. Academics and practicing professionals will encounter a wealth of insights, and advanced students in psychology and family relations will be brought up to speed on the latest research in this area.”

—Jay Belsky, PhD, Director, Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Social Issues, Birkbeck University of London, United Kingdom