ERIC Number: EJ941087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
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Anxious Cognitions in Children: An Exploration of Associations and Mediators
Creswell, Cathy; O'Connor, Thomas G.
British Journal of Developmental Psychology, v24 n4 p761-766 Nov 2006
To investigate sources of influences connecting mothers' and their children's anxious cognitions, 65 children (aged 10 to 11 years) completed self-report measures of anxiety. Children and mothers responded to an ambiguous scenario questionnaire and measures of parenting style and life events. Mothers also reported expectations about their child's reaction to ambiguous situations. Mothers' and children's threat cognitions were significantly correlated (r = 0.31), and partially mediated by mothers' expectations about their child. Mothers' anticipated distress was associated with expectations for their child's distress, which was associated with the child's own anticipated distress. Parenting and life events were significantly associated with children's interpretative bias, but did not mediate the intergenerational association in interpretative bias. The results suggest influences on children's "anxious cognitive style" and potential targets for preventing and reducing maladaptive cognitions in children.
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Mothers, Parenting Styles, Child Rearing, Schemata (Cognition), Anxiety, Measures (Individuals), Correlation, Prevention, Parent Child Relationship, Questionnaires, Mother Attitudes
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