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J Abnorm Child Psychol. 2008 Feb;36(2):247-59. Epub 2007 Sep 6.

Maternal predictors of rejecting parenting and early adolescent antisocial behavior.

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  • 1Pitt Mother-Child Project, University of Pittsburgh, 210 S Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA.


The present study examined relations among maternal psychological resources, rejecting parenting, and early adolescent antisocial behavior in a sample of 231 low-income mothers and their sons with longitudinal assessments from age 18 months to 12 years. The maternal resources examined were age at first birth, aggressive personality, and empathy. Each of the maternal resources predicted rejecting parenting during early childhood in structural equation models that controlled for toddler difficult temperament, and rejecting parenting in early childhood predicted antisocial behavior in early adolescence. Rejecting parenting accounted for the indirect effect of each of the maternal resources on antisocial behavior, but a direct effect was also supported between maternal aggressive personality and youth antisocial behavior. Results highlight the importance of these relatively understudied maternal resources and have implications for prevention and intervention programs that focus on parenting during early childhood.

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