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J Fam Psychol. 2018 Mar;32(2):217-228. doi: 10.1037/fam0000388.

Parent contributions to friendship stability during the primary school years.

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1
Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University.
2
Department of Psychology, University of Jyvaskyla.

Abstract

The present study examines whether characteristics of parents predict the stability of a child's best friendships across the primary school years. Participants included 1,523 Finnish children (766 boys) who reported involvement in a total of 1,326 reciprocated friendship dyads in the 1st grade (M = 7.16 years old). At the onset of the study, mothers and fathers completed questionnaires describing their own parenting (i.e., behavioral control, psychological control, and affection toward the child) and depressive symptoms. Child scores for peer status (i.e., acceptance and rejection) were derived from 1st grade peer nomination data. Discrete-time survival analyses predicted the occurrence and timing of friendship dissolution, across 1st to 6th grades, for friendships that began in 1st grade. Parent depression and parent psychological control uniquely predicted subsequent child friendship dissolution, above and beyond the contribution of peer status variables. (PsycINFO Database Record.

PMID:
29658759
PMCID:
PMC5905722
[Available on 2019-03-01]
DOI:
10.1037/fam0000388

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