Parental Conflict

Reducing parental conflict and building healthier relationships

Conflict between parents is a normal part of relationships and family life. Conflict can be present between parents whether they are together or separated. It can range from a lack of warmth and emotional distance, through to swearing and shouting.

Not all conflict is damaging. It starts to become a problem when conflict between parents is frequent, intense and poorly resolved. Parental conflict is a known risk factor for poor child outcomes including emotional, behavioural, social and academic development.

Parental conflict courses are not suitable for domestic abuse situations

Parental conflict and domestic abuse are very different (although can look similar), and it is important to identify which is happening.

The tool below should be used to establish this.