Parental Criticism and Externalizing Behavior Problems in Adolescents

The Role of Environment and Genotype-Environment Correlation

Jurgita Narusyte, Jenae Marie Neiderhiser, Anna Karin Andershed, Brian M. D'Onofrio, David Reiss, Erica Spotts, Jody Ganiban, Paul Lichtenstein

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Abstract

Genetic factors are important for the association between parental negativity and child problem behavior, but it is not clear whether this is due to passive or evocative genotype-environment correlation (rGE). In this study, we applied the extended children-of-twins model to directly examine the presence of passive and evocative rGE as well as direct environmental effects in the association between parental criticism and adolescent externalizing problem behavior. The cross-sectional data come from the Twin and Offspring Study in Sweden (N = 909 pairs of adult twins) and from the Twin Study of Child and Adolescent Development (N = 915 pairs of twin children). The results revealed that maternal criticism was primarily due to evocative rGE emanating from their adolescent's externalizing behavior. On the other hand, fathers' critical remarks tended to affect adolescent problem behavior in a direct environmental way. This suggests that previously reported differences in caretaking between mothers and fathers also are reflected in differences in why parenting is associated with externalizing behavior in offspring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-376
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of abnormal psychology
Volume120
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

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Adolescent Behavior
Twin Studies
Genotype
Fathers
Mothers
Adolescent Development
Parenting
Child Behavior
Child Development
Sweden
Problem Behavior
Behavior Problems
Criticism
Offspring

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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Narusyte, Jurgita ; Neiderhiser, Jenae Marie ; Andershed, Anna Karin ; D'Onofrio, Brian M. ; Reiss, David ; Spotts, Erica ; Ganiban, Jody ; Lichtenstein, Paul. / Parental Criticism and Externalizing Behavior Problems in Adolescents : The Role of Environment and Genotype-Environment Correlation. In: Journal of abnormal psychology. 2011 ; Vol. 120, No. 2. pp. 365-376.
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In: Journal of abnormal psychology, Vol. 120, No. 2, 01.01.2011, p. 365-376.

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