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ERIC Number: EJ992543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Differential Parenting and Children's Behavioral Problems: Curvilinear Associations and Mother-Father Combined Effects
Meunier, Jean Christophe; Bisceglia, Rossana; Jenkins, Jennifer M.
Developmental Psychology, v48 n4 p987-1002 Jul 2012
In this study the associations between mothers' and fathers' differential parenting and children's oppositional and emotional problems were examined. A curvilinear relationship between differential parenting and children's outcomes was hypothesized, as well as the combined effect of mothers' and fathers' parenting. Data came from a community sample of 599 two-parent families with multiple children per family and were analyzed using a cross-classified multilevel model. Results showed that both family average parenting and differential parenting explained unique variance in children's outcomes. The curvilinear hypothesis was supported for oppositional behavior but not for emotional problems. The effects of mother and father positivity were found to be additive for both family average parenting and differential parenting, but for negativity there was evidence for multiplicative effects. (Contains 6 tables, 3 figures and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada