Reducing parental conflict: Outcomes framework

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This project or publication was produced before or during the merger of What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) and the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF).

This outcomes framework outlines the relationships between risk factors associated with harmful conflict between parents, and a range of outcomes from exposure to interparental conflict affecting children at all ages.

This outcomes framework highlights what risk factors can influence interparental conflict and, ultimately, affect child outcomes. The risk factors fall into three categories – relating to individual parents, the parental relationship, and the family or economic circumstances – which in turn are associated with the central risk, of children being exposed to harmful conflict between parents. The outcomes fall into four categories: social & emotional, physical, cognitive, and behavioural. 

As well as the framework diagram itself, the document includes a summary of the evidence underpinning the framework, and a review of the symptoms and measurement tools which might be used to assess the impact of interparental conflict.

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