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Harsh parenting in relation to child emotion regulation and aggression.

Authors
  • Chang, Lei
  • Schwartz, David
  • Dodge, Kenneth A
  • McBride-Chang, Catherine
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43)
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2003
Volume
17
Issue
4
Pages
598–606
Identifiers
PMID: 14640808
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study presents a model of harsh parenting that has an indirect effect, as well as a direct effect, on child aggression in the school environment through the mediating process of child emotion regulation. Tested on a sample of 325 Chinese children and their parents, the model showed adequate goodness of fit. Also investigated were interaction effects between parents' and children's gender. Mothers' harsh parenting affected child emotion regulation more strongly than fathers', whereas harsh parenting emanating from fathers had a stronger effect on child aggression. Fathers' harsh parenting also affected sons more than daughters, whereas there was no gender differential effect with mothers' harsh parenting. These results are discussed with an emphasis on negative emotionality as a potentially common cause of family perturbations, including parenting and child adjustment problems.

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