The effects of family stress and negative parenting on externalizing behavior problems in children

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Jame T. O'Sullivan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Susan Calkins

Abstract: The relations among family stress, negative parenting, and externalizing behavior problems were examined in a cross-sectional sample of 357 ten year-olds. To assess family stress, a composite of mother-reported strain from parenting, romantic partnership, and chaos within the home was created. To assess negative parenting behavior, a mother-reported composite of poor parental monitoring and inconsistent discipline was created. Externalizing behavior was assessed by teacher and mother-reported scores on the Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC-2). As hypothesized, findings indicated family stress predicted change in both mother and teacher-reported externalizing behavior problems from five years of age to 10 years of age over and above other covariates such as socioeconomic status. As hypothesized, this relation was partially mediated by mother-reported negative parenting for mother-reported externalizing behavior problems. Contrary to the hypotheses, negative parenting did not fully or partially mediate this relation for teacher-reported externalizing behavior problems. Implications, future directions, and strengths and limitations of the current study were examined.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
Family stress, Externalizing behavior, Negative parenting
Behavior disorders in children
Child psychology
Parent and child $x Psychological aspects

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