Numerous studies have come with an assumption that children raised in a conflict, dysfunctional and diverse family contexts show inconsistent forms of results that transverse various developmental domains and that different family factors such as parents respond to child’s distress, family emotional environment, family income and inter- maternal effectiveness explained children’s emotion socialization. The paper critically assessed and analyzed research literature on the relative cross over effects of the interactions, i.e. couple relation, family instability and income on a child’s behavioral functioning. The paper addressed why marital quality is evenly conceived as a relationship contentment and functioning and further look at how couple relation, family instability and income are linked with child’s undesirable behaviour. Finally, findings revealed that children reared in a poor family background and experienced family instability are linked to affecting and behavioral problems in teenage years.