ERIC Number: EJ939908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
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Parenting Empathy: Associations with Dimensions of Parent and Child Psychopathology
Psychogiou, Lamprini; Daley, Dave; Thompson, Margaret J.; Sonuga-Barke, Edmund J. S.
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v26 n2 p221-232 Jun 2008
Background: Parenting empathy, the understanding by parents, and the sharing in their child's perspective, represents an important element of competent parenting. The present study tested the hypotheses that maternal empathy might be lower where mothers or their children display symptoms of psychopathology. Method: Mothers (N=268) of school-aged children completed questionnaires on child-directed empathy and egoistic personal distress and their own and their child's symptoms of psychopathology across a number of broadly defined domains. Results: Child conduct problems were associated with decreased child-directed empathy and increased maternal egoistic distress. Maternal aggressive characteristics and maternal ADHD symptoms were each associated with increased egoistic personal distress. Conclusion: The findings indicate that symptoms of psychopathology in children and adults are associated with deficits in empathy and increased maternal egoistic personal distress. The implications of the findings for responsive parenting and child social behaviour are discussed.
Descriptors: Mothers, Child Rearing, Psychopathology, Questionnaires, Parent Child Relationship, Empathy, Parenting Styles, Hypothesis Testing, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Problems, Aggression, Stress Variables
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