Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


McKinney, Cliff.

Committee Member

Keeley, Jared W.

Committee Member

McMillen, Robert.

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only


Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Psychology


Research has indicated that negative parenting practices are associated with disruptive behavior in offspring. Extant research also has indicated that disruptive behavior in offspring affects parenting practices. Thus, the current study examined the relationship between parenting and disruptive behavior. It was hypothesized that symptoms of ODD have a more negative influence on parenting than symptoms of CD and ADHD, and parental mental health mediates the relationship between disruptive behavior and parenting. Results of the current study indicated that, as hypothesized, for maternal and paternal parenting and discipline, ADHD had no association with parenting or discipline practices. Symptoms of ODD and CD had an equivalent association with maternal positive parenting only. Complete mediation of the associations of ODD and CD by maternal mental health occurred when examining maternal positive parenting only. Partial mediation of these relationships occurred for maternal and paternal positive discipline and paternal positive parenting.