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J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2006 Jun;35(2):313-22.

Relation of positive and negative parenting to children's depressive symptoms.

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Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37203, USA. danielle.horvath@vanderbilt.edu

Abstract

This study examined the combined and cumulative effects of supportive-positive and harsh-negative parenting behaviors on children's depressive symptoms. A diverse sample of 515 male and female elementary and middle school students (ages 7 to 11) and their parents provided reports of the children's depressive symptoms. Parents provided self-reports of supportive-positive and harsh-negative parenting behaviors. Structural equation modeling indicated that supportive-positive and harsh-negative parenting behaviors were nearly orthogonal dimensions of parenting and both related to children's depressive symptoms. Supportive-positive parenting behaviors did not moderate the relation between harsh-negative parenting behaviors and children's depressive symptoms. Results have implications for family intervention and prevention strategies.

PMID:
16597227
PMCID:
PMC3152307
DOI:
10.1207/s15374424jccp3502_15
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