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J Fam Psychol. 2003 Dec;17(4):598-606.

Harsh parenting in relation to child emotion regulation and aggression.

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The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Educational Psychology, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong. leichang@cuhk.edu.hk

Abstract

This study presents a model of harsh parenting that has an indirect effect, as well as a direct effect, on child aggression in the school environment through the mediating process of child emotion regulation. Tested on a sample of 325 Chinese children and their parents, the model showed adequate goodness of fit. Also investigated were interaction effects between parents' and children's gender. Mothers' harsh parenting affected child emotion regulation more strongly than fathers', whereas harsh parenting emanating from fathers had a stronger effect on child aggression. Fathers' harsh parenting also affected sons more than daughters, whereas there was no gender differential effect with mothers' harsh parenting. These results are discussed with an emphasis on negative emotionality as a potentially common cause of family perturbations, including parenting and child adjustment problems.

PMID:
14640808
PMCID:
PMC2754179
DOI:
10.1037/0893-3200.17.4.598
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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