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03-11-2022 | Original Article

Intergenerational Transmission of Depressive Symptoms from Mothers to Adolescents: A Moderated Mediation Model

Auteurs: Kexin Sun, Meijing Chen, Danjun Feng, Cong Cao

Gepubliceerd in: Child Psychiatry & Human Development | Uitgave 3/2024

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Abstract

Substantial literature investigating the intergenerational transmission of depressive symptoms has primarily focused on mothers and adolescents, whereas less is known about the potential role of fathers, especially their parenting behaviors. This study aimed to address this gap by examining the mediating role of maternal parenting, and the moderating role of paternal parenting in this intergenerational transmission pathway. A total of 528 Chinese community adolescents (Mage = 12.70 ± 1.49 years; 48.7%, girls) and their mothers participated. After adolescent sex, age, maternal educational levels, and monthly household income were controlled for, both maternal warmth and rejection mediated the association between maternal and adolescent depressive symptoms. More importantly, paternal warmth buffered the adverse effect of maternal depressive symptoms and maternal rejection on adolescent depressive symptoms. These findings highlight the buffering role of paternal parenting in blocking the intergenerational transmission risk of depressive symptoms from mothers to adolescents and emphasize the need for father-focused interventions.
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Supplementary analysis using Bootstrapping was conducted and showed that the results using Bootstrapping were consistent with those estimated by MLR.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Intergenerational Transmission of Depressive Symptoms from Mothers to Adolescents: A Moderated Mediation Model
Auteurs
Kexin Sun
Meijing Chen
Danjun Feng
Cong Cao
Publicatiedatum
03-11-2022
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Child Psychiatry & Human Development / Uitgave 3/2024
Print ISSN: 0009-398X
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3327
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-022-01460-2

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