Mother-Grandmother Conflict, Negative Parenting, and Young Children's Social Development in Multigenerational Families

Melissa A. Barnett, W. Roger Mills-Koonce, Hanna Gustafsson, Martha Cox, Lynne Vernon-Feagans, Clancy Blair, Peg Burchinal, Linda Burton, Keith Crnic, Ann Crouter, Patricia Garrett-Peters, Mark Greenberg, Stephanie Lanza, W. Roger Mills-Koonce, Debra Skinner, Cynthia Stifter, Emily Werner, Michael Willoughby

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Mutigenerational households that include grandmothers and adult mothers caring for grandchildren are increasingly common. The influence, however, of mother-grandmother relationship quality and grandmothers' parenting on grandchildren's social development remains largely unexplored in these three-generation households. This study examines linkages among caregiver depressive symptoms, mother-grandmother verbal conflict, observed parenting, and 36-month-old grandchildren's problem and prosocial behaviors among a subsample from the Family Life Project (N = 85) consisting of economically disadvantaged multigenerational families. The findings suggest that mother-grandmother relationship conflict presents a risk to children's behavior directly and indirectly via mothers' negative parenting behaviors. Mothers seem to be more influenced by the mother-grandmother relationship than grandmothers. These results highlight the importance of including mother-grandmother conflict in mutigenerational families in family assessments and interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)864-877
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Relations
Volume61
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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Depression

Keywords

  • Early childhood
  • Grandparents
  • Multigenerational families
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Relationship conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Education

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Barnett, M. A., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Gustafsson, H., Cox, M., Vernon-Feagans, L., Blair, C., ... Willoughby, M. (2012). Mother-Grandmother Conflict, Negative Parenting, and Young Children's Social Development in Multigenerational Families. Family Relations, 61(5), 864-877. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3729.2012.00731.x

Mother-Grandmother Conflict, Negative Parenting, and Young Children's Social Development in Multigenerational Families. / Barnett, Melissa A.; Mills-Koonce, W. Roger; Gustafsson, Hanna; Cox, Martha; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne; Blair, Clancy; Burchinal, Peg; Burton, Linda; Crnic, Keith; Crouter, Ann; Garrett-Peters, Patricia; Greenberg, Mark; Lanza, Stephanie; Roger Mills-Koonce, W.; Skinner, Debra; Stifter, Cynthia; Werner, Emily; Willoughby, Michael.

In: Family Relations, Vol. 61, No. 5, 12.2012, p. 864-877.

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Barnett, MA, Mills-Koonce, WR, Gustafsson, H, Cox, M, Vernon-Feagans, L, Blair, C, Burchinal, P, Burton, L, Crnic, K, Crouter, A, Garrett-Peters, P, Greenberg, M, Lanza, S, Roger Mills-Koonce, W, Skinner, D, Stifter, C, Werner, E & Willoughby, M 2012, 'Mother-Grandmother Conflict, Negative Parenting, and Young Children's Social Development in Multigenerational Families', Family Relations, vol. 61, no. 5, pp. 864-877. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-3729.2012.00731.x
Barnett, Melissa A. ; Mills-Koonce, W. Roger ; Gustafsson, Hanna ; Cox, Martha ; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne ; Blair, Clancy ; Burchinal, Peg ; Burton, Linda ; Crnic, Keith ; Crouter, Ann ; Garrett-Peters, Patricia ; Greenberg, Mark ; Lanza, Stephanie ; Roger Mills-Koonce, W. ; Skinner, Debra ; Stifter, Cynthia ; Werner, Emily ; Willoughby, Michael. / Mother-Grandmother Conflict, Negative Parenting, and Young Children's Social Development in Multigenerational Families. In: Family Relations. 2012 ; Vol. 61, No. 5. pp. 864-877.
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