The Reciprocal Influence of Callous-Unemotional Traits, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Parenting Practices in Preschoolers

Caitlin A. Brown, Roser Granero, Lourdes Ezpeleta

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Abstract

© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York. The present study investigates reciprocal associations between positive parenting, parental monitoring, CU traits, and ODD in children assessed at age 3 and again at age 6. Data were collected from a sample of preschoolers (N = 419; 51.58 % female) through diagnostic interviews and questionnaires answered by parents and teachers. Structural equation modeling revealed a bidirectional relationship between poor monitoring and ODD, with poor monitoring at age 3 predicting ODD at age 6 (β = 0.11, p < 0.05), and ODD at age 3 predicting poor monitoring at age 6 (β = 0.10, p < 0.05). While poor monitoring at age 3 predicted CU traits at age 6 (β = 0.11, p < 0.05), CU traits at age 3 predicted positive parenting (β = 0.09, p < 0.05) and ODD (β = 0.13, p < 0.05) at age 6. Results have important implications for early targeted parenting interventions for CU traits and ODD.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-307
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Callous-unemotional traits
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Parenting style
  • Preschoolers
  • Structural equation modeling

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