Parenting Sensitivity, Parental Depression and Child Health: The Mediational Role of Parental Self-Efficacy

Douglas M. Teti, Melissa A. O'Connell, Christine D. Reiner

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Abstract

This paper discusses the theoretical role of parental self-efficacy, or parents' beliefs in their competence and effectiveness in the parental role, as a mediator of relations between parent-child risk and parental sensitivity. Evidence is marshalled from studies of parenting in the contexts of maternal depression and child health risk to support the premise that parent-child characteristics affect parental sensitivity indirectly via their more direct impact on parental feelings of efficacy, and that parenting efficacy represents the 'final common pathway' in the prediction of parenting sensitivity. Also considered in this working model are specific social-contextual factors as independent contributors to parenting efficacy and as possible moderators of relations between parent-child characteristics and self-efficacy. Implications for intervention are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-250
Number of pages14
JournalInfant and Child Development
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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