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Maternal characteristics, parenting quality, and child behavior problems

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Amber L. Creech (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Advisor
Anne Hungerford

Abstract: This study examined maternal characteristics, parenting behaviors, and child behavior problems in 27 mothers and their 2-year-old children. Maternal personality, maternal parental stress, childrearing attitudes, and child behavior problems were all mother-reported. Maternal sensitivity, intrusiveness, positive regard, and cognitive stimulation were observed in a laboratory setting. In general, maternal agreeableness and extraversion correlated with behavior problems, observed parenting, and childrearing attitudes. Childrearing attitudes were found to mediate the relations between maternal extraversion and children’s attention problems. More research on the origins of young children’s behavior problems needs to be done so that intervention programs can be constructed to prevent these problems from continuing into older childhood.

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Thesis
A Thesis Submitted to the University North Carolina Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Keywords
Behavior disorders in children, Child development, Parent and child
Subjects
Behavior disorders in children
Child development
Parent and child