ERIC Number: EJ942086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
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Reference Count: 39
Paternal Psychiatric Symptoms and Maladaptive Paternal Behavior in the Home during the Child Rearing Years
Johnson, Jeffrey G.; Cohen, Patricia; Kasen, Stephanie; Brook, Judith S.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v13 n4 p421-437 Dec 2004
Data from the Children in the Community Study, a community-based longitudinal study were used to investigate associations between paternal psychiatric disorders and child-rearing behaviors. Paternal psychiatric symptoms and behavior in the home were assessed among 782 families during the childhood and adolescence of the offspring. Paternal anxiety, disruptive, mood, personality, and substance use disorders were independently associated with specific types of maladaptive paternal behavior in the home during the child-rearing years after paternal age, education, income, co-occurring paternal psychiatric symptoms, offspring age, sex, intelligence, temperament, and psychiatric symptoms were controlled statistically. Paternal psychiatric disorders that were present by mean offspring age 14 were associated with elevated risk for maladaptive paternal behavior in the home at mean age offspring 16, after prior maladaptive paternal behavior was controlled statistically. These findings suggest that paternal psychiatric disorder may be an important determinant of maladaptive paternal behavior in the home during the child-rearing years. Improved recognition and treatment of paternal psychiatric disorders may help to reduce the amount of maladaptive parenting behavior that many children and adolescents might otherwise be likely to experience.
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Fathers, Parent Influence, Mental Disorders, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Child Development, Longitudinal Studies, Anxiety, Emotional Problems, Personality Traits, Substance Abuse, Age Differences, Educational Attainment, Income, Family Structure, Gender Differences, Intelligence Quotient, At Risk Persons, Adolescents
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