Reciprocal associations between boys' externalizing problems and mothers' depressive symptoms

Gross, Heather E.; Shaw, Daniel S.; Moilanen, Kristin L.
July 2008
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology;Jul2008, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p693
Academic Journal
journal article
Although much has been written about the utility of applying transactional models to the study of parenting practices, relatively few researchers have used such an approach to examine how children influence maternal well-being throughout their development. Using a sample of males from predominantly low-income families, the current study explored reciprocal relations between boys' overt disruptive behavior (boys' ages 5 to 10 years) and maternal depressive symptoms. We then examined this model with youth-reported antisocial behaviors (ASB) and maternal depressive symptoms when the boys were older, ages 10 to 15. In middle childhood, evidence was found for both maternal and child effects from boys' ages 5 to 6 using both maternal and alternative caregiver report of child aggressive behavior. In the early adolescence model, consistent maternal effects were found, and child effects were evident during the transition to adolescence (boys' ages 11 to 12). The findings are discussed in reference to reciprocal models of child development and prevention efforts to reduce both maternal depression and the prevalence of child antisocial behavior.


Related Articles

  • Reciprocal relationships between parenting behavior and disruptive psychopathology from childhood through adolescence. Burke, Jeffrey D.; Pardini, Dustin A.; Loeber, Rolf // Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology;Jul2008, Vol. 36 Issue 5, p679 

    Theoretical models suggest that child behaviors influence parenting behaviors, and specifically that unpleasant child behaviors coerce parents to discontinue engaging in appropriate discipline. This study examined reciprocal relationships between parenting behaviors (supervision, communication,...

  • On the Baby and the Bath Water: Ecological Approaches to Development. Bremner, J. Gavin // Human Development (0018716X);1998, Vol. 41 Issue 5/6, p366 

    Discusses the ideas propounded by C. Dent-read and P. Zukow-Goldring in their book "Evolving Explanations of Development." Challenges of ecological approaches to human development; Examination of the analysis of the child-environment system as its applies to the physical and social environment;...

  • Ecological Influences on Parenting and Child Development. Jack, Gordon // British Journal of Social Work;Dec2000, Vol. 30 Issue 6, p703 

    The development of children and young people and their subsequent life chances in adulthood are the product of a complex set of interacting factors, at individual, family and community levels. An ecological framework is used to examine the mutual influences between the different systems that are...

  • Construct Validity of an Instrument to Assess Major Depression in Parents in Epidemiologic Studies. Roy, Carmella A.; Zoccolillo, Mark; Gruber, Reut; Boivin, Michel; Perusse, Daniel; Tremblay, Richard E. // Canadian Journal of Psychiatry;Oct2005, Vol. 50 Issue 12, p784 

    Objective: The Longitudinal Study of Child Development in Quebec (LSCDQ) is a community study of children that examines the risk factors, such as parental depression, linked to childhood psychopathology and maladaptive functioning. Our goal was to test the construct validity of an instrument to...

  • MOTOR COMPETENCE OF 7.10 YEAR OLD CHILDREN WITH VISUAL DISABILITIES. Janečka, Zbyněk // Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucensis. Gymnica;1999, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p47 

    The aim of this research was to obtain basic information on motor competence (based upon somatic, psychomotor indicators, and socialization) of 6-11 year old children with visual disabilities. A partial aim of our research was to compare the obtained results with those of a section population of...

  • "I GET IT!". Sterling Honig, Alice // Early Childhood Today;Apr2007, Vol. 21 Issue 6, p26 

    This article presents information on how can parents help children develop their capabilities and competencies. It explains children start to show their competencies within their first few weeks in life. It says that smile is one of the most magnificent sign of social competence of babies. It...

  • Lessons from Home: Scaffolding Vocal Improvisation and Song Acquisition with a 2-Year-Old. de Vries, Peter // Early Childhood Education Journal;Apr2005, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p307 

    One of the central concepts in Vygotsky’s theory of child development is the Zone of Proximal Development. This article identifies how Jack moves through the Zone of Proximal Development in two areas of his musical development, vocal improvisation and song acquisition, from the ages of 24...

  • WHY PARENTS WORRY. Ellison, Stanley // Contemporary Review;May88, Vol. 252 Issue 1468, p245 

    This article focuses on parents' worry about children development. Parents do not have to be particularly intelligent to know that inadequate clothing, bad housing, squalid living conditions and poor diet can all affect and damage normal child development. It has become part of their own...

  • Study Shows That Genes Can Protect Kids Against Poverty.  // Ascribe Newswire: Medicine;5/31/2004, p102 

    For children growing up poor, money isn't the only solution to overcoming the challenges of poverty. According to a new study, the genes and warm support received from parents also can buffer these children against many of the cognitive and behavioral problems for which poverty puts them at...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics