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The influence of mothers' and fathers' parenting stress and depressive symptoms on own and partner's parent-child communication.


Ponnet K1, Wouters E, Mortelmans D, Pasteels I, De Backer C, Van Leeuwen K, Van Hiel A.
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  • 1Research Centre for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium.


Fam Process. 2013 Jun;52(2):312-24. doi: 10.1111/famp.12001. Epub 2012 Oct 18.



This study examines how parenting stress and depressive symptoms experienced by mothers and fathers influence their own (actor effects) and the partner's (partner effects) parent-child communication. Based on the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model, data from 196 families were analyzed, with both parents rating their parenting stress and depressive feelings, and parents as well as children rating the open parent-child communication. Actor effects were found between parenting stress and open parent-child communication, whereas partner effects were prominent between depressive symptoms and open parent-child communication. The results provide no evidence for gender differences in the strength of the pathways to open parent-child communication. Our findings demonstrate the need to include both parents in studies on parent-child communication to enhance our understanding of the mutual influence among family members.

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