Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Developmental Risk and Goodness of Fit in the Mother–Child Relationship: Links to Parenting Stress and Children's Behaviour Problems

Rebecca P. Newland (Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center, E.P. Bradley Hospital)

Keith A. Crnic (Department of Psychology, Arizona State University)

Paper Highlights

  • Child developmental risk influences mother-child goodness of fit processes across the preschool period. 
  • Goodness of fit between maternal scaffolding and child activity level affects later parenting stress and child behavior problems.
  • Effective maternal scaffolding may be most important for children at developmental risk who exhibit high activity levels.
Author keywords: behaviour problems, child development, developmental psychopathology, early childhood, parent–child relationships, parenting stress

DOI: 10.1002/icd.1980

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