Maternal depressive symptomatology and parenting behavior: Exploration of possible mediators

Alyson C. Gerdes, Betsy Hoza, L. Eugene Arnold, William E. Pelham, James M. Swanson, Timothy Wigal, Peter S. Jensen

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Abstract

Possible mediators of the relation between maternal depressive symptomatology and parenting behavior were examined for 96 children with ADHD and their mothers drawn from the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA) as part of an add-on investigation conducted by two of the six MTA sites. General cognitions (i.e., maternal locus of control and self-esteem) and parenting-specific factors (i.e., maternal parenting efficacy and parenting stress) were examined as possible mediators. Findings provide initial support that maternal parenting stress, as well as maternal locus of control and self-esteem mediate the relation between maternal depressive symptomatology and parenting behavior. This provides support for the argument that some families of children with ADHD may benefit from an expanded version of parent management training that includes sessions directly targeting affective and cognitive factors in parents, similar to treatment programs used to treat childhood conduct problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-714
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2007

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Maternal cognitions
  • Maternal depressive symptomatology
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Gerdes, A. C., Hoza, B., Arnold, L. E., Pelham, W. E., Swanson, J. M., Wigal, T., & Jensen, P. S. (2007). Maternal depressive symptomatology and parenting behavior: Exploration of possible mediators. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 35(5), 705-714. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10802-007-9134-3