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13-08-2015 | Original Article | Uitgave 3/2016

Child Psychiatry & Human Development 3/2016

Maternal Psychological Control, Use of Supportive Parenting, and Childhood Depressive Symptoms

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Child Psychiatry & Human Development > Uitgave 3/2016
Auteurs:
Andrew L. Frazer, Paula J. Fite

Abstract

The current study, operating from a stress-process framework, examined the interactive effects of supportive parenting practices (i.e., mothers’ use of positive communication, positive parenting, and parental involvement) and maternal psychological control on mother- and child-reported child depressive symptoms in a community-recruited sample of 9–12 year-olds. Discrepancies between reports of depressive symptoms were also examined. Maternal psychological control was uniquely associated with child-, not mother-, reported depressive symptoms. Parental involvement was uniquely associated with mother-, not child-, reported depressive symptoms. Positive parent–child communication was associated with both reports of child depressive symptoms at the bivariate level, but not when unique associations were examined. Positive parenting was unrelated to either report of depressive symptoms. No interaction effects were detected. The current findings highlight the differential importance of parenting practices on child depressive symptoms, and also indicate the necessity of gathering both parent and child reports of symptomatology and family functioning.

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