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ERIC Number: EJ980712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9630
Maternal Executive Function, Harsh Parenting, and Child Conduct Problems
Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Wang, Zhe; Chen, Nan; Bell, Martha Ann
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v53 n10 p1084-1091 Oct 2012
Background: Maternal executive function and household regulation both are critical aspects of optimal childrearing, but their interplay is not understood. We tested the hypotheses that (a) the link between challenging child conduct problems and harsh parenting would be strongest for mothers with poorer executive function and weakest among those with better executive function, and (b) this mechanism would be further moderated by the degree of household chaos. Methods: The socioeconomically diverse sample included 147 mothers of 3-to-7 year old children. Mothers completed questionnaires and a laboratory assessment of executive function. Results: Consistent with hypotheses, harsh parenting was linked with child conduct problems only among mothers with poorer executive function. This effect was particularly strong in calm, predictable environments, but was not evident in chaotic environments. Conclusion: Maternal executive function is critical to minimizing harsh parenting in the context of challenging child behavior, but this self-regulation process may not operate well in chaotic environments. (Contains 4 tables and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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