Pathways from Maternal Harsh Discipline Through Rumination to Anxiety and Depression Symptoms: Gender and Normativeness of Harsh Discipline as Moderators.

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This study examined gender-specific longitudinal pathways from harsh parenting through rumination to anxiety and depression symptoms among early adolescents from three countries and six subgroups. Participants were 567 mothers, 428 fathers, and 566 children (T1: Mage  = 10.89; 50% girls) from Medellín, Colombia (n = 100); Naples, Italy (n = 95); Rome, Italy (n = 99); Durham, North Carolina, United States (Black n = 92, Latinx n = 80, and White n = 100). Parent reported maternal and paternal harsh parenting were measured at T1. Adolescent reported rumination was measured at T2 (Mage  = 12.58) and anxiety and depression symptoms were measured at T1 and T3 (Mage  = 13.71). Rumination mediated the pathway from maternal harsh discipline to girls' anxiety and depression symptoms, controlling for baseline anxiety and depression symptoms. The more harsh discipline mothers used, the more their daughters ruminated, which in turn was associated with increased anxiety and depression symptoms. Exploratory moderated mediation analyses indicated that the strength of the mediational pathway from maternal harsh discipline through girls' rumination to anxiety and depression symptoms decreased as the normativeness of harsh parenting increased. Mediational pathways for boys and for paternal harsh discipline were not significant. Our findings expand knowledge on specific contexts in which rumination is a mechanism for understanding pathways to anxiety and depression symptoms.

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Cited Authors

  • Iselin, A-MR; DiGiunta, L; Lunetti, C; Lansford, JE; Eisenberg, N; Dodge, KA; Pastorelli, C; Tirado, LMU; Bacchini, D; Thartori, E; Fiasconaro, I; Gliozzo, G; Favini, A; Basili, E; Cirimele, F; Remondi, C; Skinner, AT

Published Date

  • October 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1313 - 1326

PubMed ID

  • 35870036

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2730-7174

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2730-7166

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10802-022-00951-z


  • eng