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01-01-2012 | Uitgave 1/2012

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 1/2012

Parental Behaviors During Family Interactions Predict Changes in Depression and Anxiety Symptoms During Adolescence

Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology > Uitgave 1/2012
Orli S. Schwartz, Paul Dudgeon, Lisa B. Sheeber, Marie B. H. Yap, Julian G. Simmons, Nicholas B. Allen
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This research was supported by grants from the Colonial Foundation, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; Australia; Program Grant350241) and the Australian Research Council (Discovery Grant DP0878136).


This study investigated the prospective, longitudinal relations between parental behaviors observed during parent-adolescent interactions, and the development of depression and anxiety symptoms in a community-based sample of 194 adolescents. Positive and negative parental behaviors were examined, with negative behaviors operationalized to distinguish between observed parental expressions of aggression and dysphoria. Results showed that higher levels of parental aggression prospectively predicted higher levels of both depression and anxiety symptoms in adolescents over two-and-a-half years, whereas higher levels of positive parental behaviors prospectively predicted lower levels of depression symptoms only. Parental dysphoric behavior was not related to changes in either symptom dimension. These results suggest that patterns of parental behaviors may be differentially associated with depressive versus anxious outcomes in adolescents, and highlight the potential role for family-focused prevention or treatment interventions aimed at reducing an escalation of depression and anxiety symptoms in adolescence.

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