ERIC Number: EJ774738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Maternal Depressive Symptomatology and Parenting Behavior: Exploration of Possible Mediators
Gerdes, Alyson C.; Hoza, Betsy; Arnold, L. Eugene; Pelham, William E.; Swanson, James M.; Wigal, Timothy; Jensen, Peter S.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v35 n5 p705-714 Oct 2007
Possible mediators of the relation between maternal depressive symptomatology and parenting behavior were examined for 96 children with ADHD and their mothers drawn from the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA) as part of an add-on investigation conducted by two of the six MTA sites. General cognitions (i.e., maternal locus of control and self-esteem) and parenting-specific factors (i.e., maternal parenting efficacy and parenting stress) were examined as possible mediators. Findings provide initial support that maternal parenting stress, as well as maternal locus of control and self-esteem mediate the relation between maternal depressive symptomatology and parenting behavior. This provides support for the argument that some families of children with ADHD may benefit from an expanded version of parent management training that includes sessions directly targeting affective and cognitive factors in parents, similar to treatment programs used to treat childhood conduct problems.
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Locus of Control, Parent Child Relationship, Attention Deficit Disorders, Mothers, Cognitive Processes, Parenting Skills, Self Esteem, Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Correlation
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