Disruptive Behavior and Parenting: Mediational Effect of Parental Mental Health
Mississippi State University
Keeley, Jared W.
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Graduate Thesis - Open Access
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.
McClelland, Emily Nicole, "Disruptive Behavior and Parenting: Mediational Effect of Parental Mental Health" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 1532.