Early Parenting and the Development of Externalizing Behavior Problems

Longitudinal Mediation Through Children's Executive Function

Michael J. Sulik, Clancy Blair, Roger Mills-Koonce, Daniel Berry, Mark Greenberg

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Path analysis was used to investigate the longitudinal associations among parenting and children's executive function and externalizing behavior problems from 36 to 90 months of age in the Family Life Project (N = 1,115), a study of child development in the context of rural poverty. While controlling for stability in the constructs, semistructured observations of parenting prospectively predicted performance on a battery of executive function tasks and primary caregivers' reports of externalizing behavior. Furthermore, the association between early parenting and later externalizing behavior was longitudinally mediated by executive function, providing support for a process model in which sensitive parenting promotes children's self-regulation, which in turn reduces children's externalizing behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1588-1603
Number of pages16
JournalChild Development
Volume86
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

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Executive Function
Parenting
mediation
path analysis
Child Behavior
Poverty
Child Development
self-regulation
Caregivers
caregiver
poverty
Problem Behavior
performance

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

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Early Parenting and the Development of Externalizing Behavior Problems : Longitudinal Mediation Through Children's Executive Function. / Sulik, Michael J.; Blair, Clancy; Mills-Koonce, Roger; Berry, Daniel; Greenberg, Mark.

In: Child Development, Vol. 86, No. 5, 01.09.2015, p. 1588-1603.

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Sulik, Michael J. ; Blair, Clancy ; Mills-Koonce, Roger ; Berry, Daniel ; Greenberg, Mark. / Early Parenting and the Development of Externalizing Behavior Problems : Longitudinal Mediation Through Children's Executive Function. In: Child Development. 2015 ; Vol. 86, No. 5. pp. 1588-1603.
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