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Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness 3/2016

18-02-2016 | ORIGINAL PAPER

Maternal Mindfulness and Child Social Behavior: the Mediating Role of the Mother-Child Relationship

Auteurs: Angela F. Y. Siu, Ying Ma, Francis W. Y. Chui

Gepubliceerd in: Mindfulness | Uitgave 3/2016

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Abstract

Mindfulness is defined as moment-by-moment social awareness derived from a non-judgmental, friendly, and receptive attitude. Previous research suggested that mindfulness has a positive effect on parenting. The present study examined the association between mindfulness, parent–child relationship, and child social behavior in a Chinese sample. Two-hundred and sixteen mothers with children of preschool age completed a set of questionnaires on their mindfulness, parent–child relationships, and their children’s social behavior. A path analysis of their responses indicated that mindfulness had a significant and positive effect on the mother-child relationship in terms of attachment, involvement, and parental confidence and a negative effect on discipline practice and relational frustration. Mindfulness also had a significantly negative indirect effect on children’s emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity, and peer problems and a significant and positive indirect effect on children’s prosocial behavior. These results supported previous findings that mindful parents were more involved in their children’s lives and have a tendency to be more aware of their children’s needs. Implications of these results are discussed.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Maternal Mindfulness and Child Social Behavior: the Mediating Role of the Mother-Child Relationship
Auteurs
Angela F. Y. Siu
Ying Ma
Francis W. Y. Chui
Publicatiedatum
18-02-2016
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Mindfulness / Uitgave 3/2016
Print ISSN: 1868-8527
Elektronisch ISSN: 1868-8535
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-016-0491-2

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