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This study examined how the marital bond, as indexed through the Oral History Interview (OHI), is related to future triadic family interactions. Families (N = 108), with a 7 – 9 year old child, participated in a longitudinal study (the Family Health Project) examining children’s emotional development throughout the transition to adolescence. Parental cohesion and family cohesion, warmth, structure, and problem solving were assessed via behavioral observation during family problem solving discussions and parent-child teaching interactions 18 – 24 months after the OHI. Results indicated that the marital bond was predictive of parental cohesion, family cohesion, warmth, and structure during teaching interactions. The marital bond was not significantly predictive of family problem solving or parental cohesion in problem solving interactions.


This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Doohan, E.-A. M., Carrère, S., Siler, C., & Beardslee, C. (2009). The Link between the Marital Bond and Future Triadic Family Interactions. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 71(4), which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.