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J Fam Psychol. 2012 Aug;26(4):532-41. doi: 10.1037/a0028406. Epub 2012 May 21.

The role of parent depressive symptoms in positive and negative parenting in a preventive intervention.

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Department of Psychology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405, USA. rex.forehand@uvm.edu

Abstract

This study examined the role of parent depressive symptoms as a mediator of change in behaviorally observed positive and negative parenting in a preventive intervention program. The purpose of the program was to prevent child problem behaviors in families with a parent who has current or a history of major depressive disorder. One hundred eighty parents and one of their 9- to 15-year-old children served as participants and were randomly assigned to a family group cognitive-behavioral (FGCB) intervention or a written information (WI) comparison condition. At two months after baseline, parents in the FGCB condition had fewer depressive symptoms than those in the WI condition, and these symptoms served as a mediator for changes in negative, but not positive, parenting at 6 months after baseline. The findings indicate that parent depressive symptoms are important to consider in family interventions with a parent who has current or a history of depression.

PMID:
22612463
PMCID:
PMC3419280
DOI:
10.1037/a0028406
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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