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Masters Thesis

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School for Social Work


Joint custody of children, Joint custody of children-Evaluation, Part-time parenting, Part-time parenting-Evaluation, Children of divorced parents-Psychology, Parenting-Psychological aspects, Marital conflict, Co-parenting measure, Co-parenting children, Divorce, Separation, Parenting conflict


This study sought to investigate and test the newly designed Co-Parenting Children Survey (CPCS). As a preliminary examination of the CPCS, the study aimed to assess the psychometric properties of reliability and internal consistency of the measure and whether it could distinguish co-parenting differences between diverse family structures (intact and separated). A total of 252 participants completed the online CPCS containing 13 demographic questions, the 56-item co-parenting measure, and two open-ended questions. The findings revealed that initial testing of the CPCS demonstrated good overall internal consistency and reliability between items on the measure and the capacity to differentiate co-parenting between the two groups of co-parents under investigation. Although the principal component factor analysis indicated eight distinct components (dimensions) underlying co-parents responses on the CPCS, further analysis showed that four dimensions were more suitable for the measure. The study concluded that the CPCS is a valid and promising measure to evaluate co-parenting.




v, 71 pages. M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Ma., 2016. Includes bibliographical references (pages 52-58)

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