Mediators of the Relation between Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Child Internalizing and Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Carolyn A. McCarty, Robert J. McMahon, Karen L. Bierman, John D. Coie, Kenneth A. Dodge, E. Michael Foster, Mark T. Greenberg, John E. Lochman, Ellen E. Pinderhughes

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Abstract

Drawing on a normative sample of 224 youth and their biological mothers, this study tested 4 family variables as potential mediators of the relationship between maternal depressive symptoms in early childhood and child psychological outcomes in preadolescence. The mediators examined included mother-child communication, the quality of the mother-child relationship, maternal social support, and stressful life events in the family. The most parsimonious structural equation model suggested that having a more problematic mother-child relationship mediated disruptive behavior-disordered outcomes for youths, whereas less maternal social support mediated the development of internalizing disorders. Gender and race were tested as moderators, but significant model differences did not emerge between boys and girls or between African American and Caucasian youths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-556
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

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Child Behavior Disorders
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Mothers
Depression
Mother-Child Relations
Social Support
Structural Models
African Americans
Communication
Psychology

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McCarty, Carolyn A. ; McMahon, Robert J. ; Bierman, Karen L. ; Coie, John D. ; Dodge, Kenneth A. ; Foster, E. Michael ; Greenberg, Mark T. ; Lochman, John E. ; Pinderhughes, Ellen E. / Mediators of the Relation between Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Child Internalizing and Disruptive Behavior Disorders. In: Journal of Family Psychology. 2003 ; Vol. 17, No. 4. pp. 545-556.
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Mediators of the Relation between Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Child Internalizing and Disruptive Behavior Disorders. / McCarty, Carolyn A.; McMahon, Robert J.; Bierman, Karen L.; Coie, John D.; Dodge, Kenneth A.; Foster, E. Michael; Greenberg, Mark T.; Lochman, John E.; Pinderhughes, Ellen E.

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