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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Reeslund, Kristen Lynne
URN etd-04022006-184410
Title Parenting behaviors and child social competence: risk factors for adjustment of adolescent offspring of mothers with and without a history of depression
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bruce Compas Committee Member
David Cole Committee Member
  • Adolescent psychopathology -- Etiology
  • parenting
  • maternal depression
  • adolescents
  • social competence
  • Children of depressed persons
Date of Defense 2006-04-03
Availability unrestricted
In a sample of mothers with and without a history of depression and their adolescent children, the role of negative parenting behaviors and actual and perceived child competence, as observed in parent-child interactions and obtained through mother- and adolescent-report, were investigated in the transmission of psychopathology from depressed mothers to their offspring. Mothers’ current depressive symptoms were related to higher levels of intrusive and withdrawn parenting behaviors. Findings also indicate that mothers’ current depressive symptoms and negative parenting behaviors are sources of risk for depressive symptoms and externalizing problems in children, and that some of these effects may be mediated by levels of actual adolescent social competence. Results have implications for interventions with mothers with a history of depression to prevent psychopathology in their adolescent offspring.
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