Father's and mother's perceptions of parenting styles as mediators of the effects of parental psychopathology on antisocial behavior in outpatient children and adolescents

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Abstract

The aim was to examine the potential mediating role of father's and mother's parenting styles in the association between parental psychopathology and antisocial behavior in children, and whether this pathway was moderated by child's sex. Participants included both parents and 338 Spanish outpatient children between 8 and 17 years (56.5% boys). Parenting style had a mediating effect on the studied relationships. Maternal psychopathology was positively associated with antisocial behavior in children, either directly or partially by parenting style, while paternal psychopathology was positively associated with offspring antisocial behavior only through the mediator role of parenting style. Child's sex did not moderate these relationships. Parenting style could be a target for prevention and intervention of antisocial behavior in the offspring of parents with mental health problems. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)376-392
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume43
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Antisocial behavior
  • Children and adolescents
  • Mediation effects
  • Parental psychopathology
  • Parenting style

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