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Externalizing behavior trajectories : the role of parenting, sibling relationships and child personality

By Jean Christophe Meunier, Isabelle Roskam, Marie Stiévenart, Gaëlle Van de Moortele, Dillon T. Browne and Aarti Kumar

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Based on longitudinal multilevel modeling and using a multi-informant strategy, this study examines trajectories of externalizing problem behavior (EPB) in childhood as predicted by parental behavior (absolute level of parenting [ALP] and parental differential treatment [PDT]), parental self-efficacy (PSE), child personality and sibling relationships. Besides main effects, several interactions were tested. The effects of changes in parenting on changes in EPB were also examined. A total of 119 families from the French-speaking area of Belgium rearing a child (3- to 5-year-olds at the onset of the study) referred for EPB were studied. The effects of both level-of and changes-in mothers' ALP were partially confirmed, but for fathers, only ALP was predictive. There were some significant interactions between ALP and PDT for both parents. Mothers' PSE explained some variance in EPB, additional to that explained by the parenting measures. Some parenting by personality and by sibling relationship interactions were found. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved

Publisher: 'Elsevier BV'
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.appdev.2010.09.006
OAI identifier: oai:dial.uclouvain.be:boreal:76693
Provided by: DIAL UCLouvain
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