Author Ling, Arthur Koon Hwai
Title Marital satisfaction, parenting alliance and adolescents' well-being.
Institute Thesis (M.A.) (Applied Psychology) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Year 2001
Supervisor Ong, Ai Choo
Call no. HQ799.S55 Lin
 
Summary
This study explores the parents' marital satisfaction and parenting alliance of a sample of Singaporean adolescents, and their relationship to the well being of adolescents.

The results showed that there is a positive relationship between parents' marital satisfaction and parenting alliance. Parents who are high on parental agreement are more likely to report greater marital satisfaction. In general, fathers' marital satisfaction is significantly higher than mothers' marital satisfaction. The results showed that marital satisfaction and parenting alliance are significantly related to income level and educational level for mothers, but not for fathers.

In general, adolescents who do not have any record of delinquent behaviors reported higher level of well-being than adolescents who have committed offences. Adolescents who have lower satisfaction with life are more likely to commit offences while adolescents who have higher in self-esteem are more likely to do well academically in schools.

The results further showed that parents' marital satisfaction and parenting alliance are related to adolescents' well-being and academic performance. There is a significant relationship between fathers' parental alliance and adolescents' well being, but no significant relationship was found for mothers' parenting alliance. The parenting alliance of fathers and mothers is significantly higher for non-delinquent youths than compared to non-delinquent or normal youths. That is , parents who are low in parenting alliance are more likely to have adolescents who commit offences. There are no significant differences in marital satisfaction of fathers and mothers between delinquent and non-delinquent youths, although fathers' and mothers' martial satisfaction are positively and significantly associated with adolescents' academic competence.

The results of the study have implications for counseling, family life education, divorce mediation and school social work.