ERIC Number: EJ1063725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Child Reactivity Moderates the Over-Time Association between Mother-Child Conflict Quality and Externalizing Problems
Nelson, Jackie A.
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v39 n4 p376-382 Jul 2015
Constructive parent-child conflict interactions that teach children to problem-solve and negotiate can enhance children's social adjustment. This paper identifies constructive and destructive qualities of mother-child conflict and explores whether child temperament moderated associations with changes in externalizing problems over time. One hundred and ninety mothers and their 5- to 7-year-old children participated in a laboratory conflict discussion rated on aspects of maternal sensitivity, child mood, and mothers' and children's contemptuous and planning comments. Mothers also reported on children's negative reactivity and their externalizing behavior problems concurrently and one year later. Structural equation modeling revealed that constructive conflict quality was related to decreases in children's externalizing problems, but only among children low in negative reactivity.
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Behavior Problems, Psychological Patterns, Conflict, Problem Solving, Social Adjustment, Personality Traits, Correlation, Structural Equation Models, Children, Affective Behavior, Parenting Styles, Child Behavior, Check Lists
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist