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01-10-2010 | Original Paper | Uitgave 5/2010

Journal of Child and Family Studies 5/2010

Differential Relations between Mothers’ and Fathers’ Parenting Practices and Child Externalizing Behavior

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Journal of Child and Family Studies > Uitgave 5/2010
Auteurs:
Michelle R. Gryczkowski, Sara S. Jordan, Sterett H. Mercer

Abstract

We examined differences in mothers’ and fathers’ parenting practices in relation to child externalizing behavior. Data were collected from a community sample of 135 cohabiting couples with a child aged 6–12. The couples were recruited through undergraduate and graduate students. Both parents were required to complete a series of questionnaires assessing demographic, parental, and child variables. Results indicated that after controlling for parental depression and marital conflict, all parenting variables were significantly related to child externalizing behavior; however, parent and/or child sex moderated these relations. Specifically, parental involvement was only significant for fathers and sons, positive parenting was only significant for mothers and sons, poor monitoring/supervision was only significant for girls, and only mothers’ inconsistent discipline was related to externalizing behavior. These results offer practical information regarding identification of children at risk for behavioral problems, as well as potential targets for prevention and intervention.

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