Considering Different Perspectives of Parenting and their Associations with Depression Symptoms and Emotional Resilience in Treatment-Referred Youth

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Considering Different Perspectives of Parenting and their Associations with Depression Symptoms and Emotional Resilience in Treatment-Referred Youth

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Title: Considering Different Perspectives of Parenting and their Associations with Depression Symptoms and Emotional Resilience in Treatment-Referred Youth
Author: Boughton, Kristy
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Lumley, Margaret
Abstract: Decades of research have convincingly linked parenting experiences to mood psychopathology in youth, yet scant research has carefully considered child, parent, observational measures of parenting behaviours to better elucidate these complex patterns of risk. The current study investigates the relations among various perspectives of key parenting behaviours of responsiveness and psychological control (youth-report, parent-report, and observational) and their associations with youth depression and emotional resilience to better understand parenting context in relation to youth mental health and well-being. Participants were 42 treatment-referred early adolescents and their parent, both of whom completed several parenting behaviour assessments. Youth also completed measures of depression symptoms and emotional resilience. Results suggest that use of different informants and measures of parenting notably impact the association with youth functioning and thus, should not be used interchangeably. Further, parents whose self-reports were most discrepant from their observed responsiveness and psychological control had children with higher depression symptoms. Results underscore the importance of considering various perspectives of the parenting context in research and clinical contexts.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3857
Date: 2012-08-17


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