ERIC Number: EJ928894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Parenting Attitudes, Family Environments, Depression, and Anxiety in Caregivers of Maltreated Children
Mennen, Ferol E.; Trickett, Penelope K.
Family Relations, v60 n3 p259-271 Jul 2011
This study evaluated parenting attitudes, family environments, depression, and anxiety in a sample of primarily minority urban mothers to better understand maltreating mothers (n = 83), who retain custody of their children and how they are similar to and different from foster mothers (n = 50), kin caregivers (n = 52) of maltreated children, and comparison mothers (n = 100) from the same communities. Maltreating mothers were distinguished by their much higher levels of depression and anxiety from other mothers. In addition, like foster mothers, maltreating mothers were less likely to approve of corporal punishment. Foster mothers were higher in organization and lower in empathy than other groups. There were no differences by race/ethnicity on study dimensions. Higher education, however, was related to more favorable parenting attitudes and family environments. Practice implications related to appropriate services are suggested.
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Mothers, Caregivers, Child Rearing, Punishment, Empathy, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Family Environment, Parent Attitudes, Parenting Styles, Foster Care, Racial Differences, Comparative Analysis
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