Besnard, T., Verlaan, P., Davidson, M., Vitaro, F., Poulin, F. et Capuano, F. (2013). Bidirectional influences between mothers' and fathers' parenting and children's disruptive behavior from kindergarten to grade two. Early Child Development and Care, 183(3-4), 515-533.

Bidirectional influences between mothers' and fathers' parenting and children's disruptive behavior from kindergarten to grade two.
2013

Empirical evidence suggests that children's disruptive behaviour (CDB) and quality of parenting influence one another bidirectionally. However, few studies have considered the separate contribution of the mother–child and father–child relationships to disruptive behaviours within a longitudinal context. Against this background, the reciprocal influence between CDB and five dimensions of maternal and paternal parenting was examined from kindergarten through grade 2 in a community sample of 644 children. These relationships were investigated using cross-lagged panel correlation and reciprocal effect analysis. Differences and similarities emerged in the direction of effects linking maternal and paternal parenting and CDB. At school entry, a reciprocal parent–child influence was evident for mothers only. However, as children grew older, a unidirectional effect from CDB to parenting was noted for both fathers and mothers. Implications for future research focusing on the link between CDB and the parent–child relationship are discussed.


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