ERIC Number: EJ944144
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
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Reference Count: 48
Temperament Variation in Sensitivity to Parenting: Predicting Changes in Depression and Anxiety
Kiff, Cara J.; Lengua, Liliana J.; Bush, Nicole R.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v39 n8 p1199-1212 Nov 2011
Temperament was examined as a moderator of maternal parenting behaviors, including warmth, negativity, autonomy granting, and guidance. Observations of parenting and questionnaire measures of temperament and adjustment were obtained from a community sample (N = 214; ages 8-12). Trajectories of depression and anxiety were assessed across 3 years. The pattern of parenting as a predictor of internalizing symptoms depended on temperament. Maternal negativity predicted increases in depression for children low in fear. Effortful control moderated sensitivity to maternal negativity, autonomy granting, and guidance. Children low in effortful control reported more symptoms in the presence of negative or poor-fitting parenting. The results support differential responding, but also suggest that temperament may render children vulnerable for the development of problems regardless of parenting.
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Personality Traits, Guidance, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Predictor Variables, Mothers, Parenting Styles, Parent Child Relationship, Affective Behavior, Questionnaires, Adjustment (to Environment), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Children
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