The moderating effects of children's fear and activity level on relations between parenting practices and childhood symptomatology.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Parenting practices have been previously linked to childhood symptomatology. However, little consideration has been given to the potential effect of individual differences within the child on this relation. The current study assessed the moderating effects of children's activity level and fear on relations between parenting practices and childhood aggression and depressive symptoms using a sample of 64 fourth-, and fifth-grade boys. The findings showed that poorly monitored active boys and fearful boys who were exposed to harsh discipline exhibited high levels of aggression. Boys characterized by high fear who were exposed to harsh discipline or whose parents were extremely overinvolved showed elevated levels of depressive symptoms. These findings suggest that integrating children's individual differences with parenting models enhances our understanding of the etiology of childhood symptomatology. The intervention implications of such an integration are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Colder, CR; Lochman, JE; Wells, KC

Published Date

  • June 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 251 - 263

PubMed ID

  • 9212377

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0091-0627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/a:1025704217619


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States