Associations Between Perceived Material Deprivation, Parents’ Discipline Practices, and Children's Behavior Problems: An International Perspective

Anika Schenck-Fontaine, Jennifer E. Lansford, Ann T. Skinner, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Laura Di Giunta, Kenneth A. Dodge, Paul Oburu, Concetta Pastorelli, Emma Sorbring, Laurence Steinberg, Patrick S. Malone, Sombat Tapanya, Liliana M. Uribe Tirado, Liane P. Alampay, Suha M. Al-Hassan, Dario Bacchini, Marc H. Bornstein, Lei Chang

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Abstract

This study investigated the association between perceived material deprivation, children's behavior problems, and parents’ disciplinary practices. The sample included 1,418 8- to 12-year-old children and their parents in China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States. Multilevel mixed- and fixed-effects regression models found that, even when income remained stable, perceived material deprivation was associated with children's externalizing behavior problems and parents’ psychological aggression. Parents’ disciplinary practices mediated a small share of the association between perceived material deprivation and children's behavior problems. There were no differences in these associations between mothers and fathers or between high- and low- and middle-income countries. These results suggest that material deprivation likely influences children's outcomes at any income level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalChild Development
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Schenck-Fontaine, A., Lansford, J. E., Skinner, A. T., Deater-Deckard, K., Di Giunta, L., Dodge, K. A., Oburu, P., Pastorelli, C., Sorbring, E., Steinberg, L., Malone, P. S., Tapanya, S., Uribe Tirado, L. M., Alampay, L. P., Al-Hassan, S. M., Bacchini, D., Bornstein, M. H., & Chang, L. (Accepted/In press). Associations Between Perceived Material Deprivation, Parents’ Discipline Practices, and Children's Behavior Problems: An International Perspective. Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13151