Maternal parenting as a mediator of the relationship between intimate partner violence and effortful control

Hanna C. Gustafsson, Martha J. Cox, Clancy Blair

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Abstract

The current study examined the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV), maternal parenting behaviors, and child effortful control in a diverse sample of 705 families living in predominantly low-income, rural communities. Using structural equation modeling, the authors simultaneously tested whether observed sensitive parenting and/or harsh-intrusive parenting over the toddler years mediated the relationship between early IPV and later effortful control. Results suggest that parenting behaviors fully mediate this relationship. Although higher levels of IPV were associated with both higher levels of harsh-intrusive parenting and lower levels of sensitive supportive parenting, only sensitive supportive parenting was associated with later effortful control when both parenting indices were considered in the same model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2012

Keywords

  • Effortful control
  • Harsh parenting
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Maternal parenting behaviors
  • Sensitive parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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