From parent to child to parent. Paths in and out of problem behavior

Robert Bradley, Robert Corwyn

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This study used data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development to examine relations between parenting, self-control and externalizing behavior from early childhood to mid-adolescence (N = 956; 49.9 % male). Results indicated that maternal sensitivity, parental harshness and productive activity are related to externalizing problems but that patterns of relations change from early childhood to middle childhood to adolescence, with evidence suggesting that externalizing behavior influences parenting more than the reverse from middle childhood onward. Self-control measured during early adolescence partially mediated relations between maternal sensitivity and adolescent-reported externalizing behavior. Parental monitoring during adolescence was also related to externalizing behavior at age 15. Monitoring partially mediated the relation between externalizing behavior in early adolescence and externalizing at age 15.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-529
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2013


  • Externalizing behavior
  • Harshness
  • Home learning environment
  • Maternal sensitivity
  • Monitoring
  • Parenting
  • Self-control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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