College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Parent Perceptions and Parent-Child Interactions in Clinic-Referred Children: A Preliminary Investigation of the Effects of Maternal Depressive Moods

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1986

Keywords

Maternal Behavior, Depression, Parenting, Child Behavior, Parent-Child Relations

Publication Title

Behavior Research and Therapy

ISSN

0005-7967

Volume

24

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to test a model in which maternal depressive moods were hypothesized to have both a direct effect on parent perceptions of child maladjustment and an indirect effect on child noncompliant behavior through the mother's parenting behavior. Fifty-five mothers and their young clinic-referred children served as Ss. Mothers completed depression and child perception measures and mother-child interactions were observed in the home. A path analysis indicated that the model was a good fit to the data as maternal depression was associated with perceptions of child maladjustment and with parenting behavior which was itself associated with child behavior.

DOI

10.1016/0005-7967(86)90152-X

Peer Reviewed

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