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J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Mar;27(2):171-7. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2012.12.004. Epub 2013 Jan 5.

Parenting practices, interpretive biases, and anxiety in Latino children.

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Tulane University, Department of Psychology, 2007 Percival Stern Hall, 6400 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA. evarela@tulane.edu

Abstract

A number of factors are believed to confer risk for anxiety development in children; however, cultural variation of purported risk factors remains unclear. We examined relations between controlling and rejecting parenting styles, parental modeling of anxious behaviors, child interpretive biases, and child anxiety in a mixed clinically anxious (n=27) and non-clinical (n=20) sample of Latino children and at least one of their parents. Families completed discussion-based tasks and questionnaires in a lab setting. Results indicated that child anxiety was: linked with parental control and child interpretative biases, associated with parental modeling of anxious behaviors at a trend level, and not associated with low parental acceptance. Findings that controlling parenting and child interpretive biases were associated with anxiety extend current theories of anxiety development to the Latino population. We speculate that strong family ties may buffer Latino children from detrimental effects of perceived low parental acceptance.

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23434545
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PMC3627745
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10.1016/j.janxdis.2012.12.004
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