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Title page for ETD etd-12012005-165226

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Champion, Jennifer Elaine
Author's Email Address jennifer.e.champion@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-12012005-165226
Title The role of caretaking in children of mothers with a history of depression
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Bruce E. Compas Committee Chair
Judy Garber Committee Member
  • depression
  • adolescence
  • parent-child interactions
  • caretaking
Date of Defense 2005-12-03
Availability unrestricted
In a sample of 71 mothers with and without a history of depression and their adolescent children, I examined maternal depression status, depressive symptoms, and negative parenting styles (hostile and withdrawn) as well as observed adolescent caretaking behaviors as predictors of anxiety and depressive symptoms in these youth. Two types of caretaking behaviors were examined: emotional and instrumental. Mediated and independent effects models were tested to understand the role of caretaking in children of parents with a history of depression. Support was found for an independent effects model; specifically, withdrawn parenting and emotional caretaking were found to function as separate and unique risk factors for symptoms of anxiety/depression in adolescents of parents with a history of depression. Evidence was not found for the role of caretaking behavior as a mediator of the effects of maternal depressive symptoms or negative parenting on adolescents’ anxiety/depression symptoms. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
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