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Mothers' personality and its interaction with child temperament as predictors of parenting behavior.
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2000)
  • Lee Anna Clark, University of Iowa
Abstract

In this longitudinal, multimethod investigation, the authors examined mothers' personality and its interaction with infants' negative emotionality as predictors of parenting behavior. When infants were 8–10 months old (N = 112), mothers completed personality self-reports, and the authors observed infants' negative emotionality in both standard procedures and naturalistic daily contexts. When infants were 13–15 months old (N = 108), the authors observed two aspects of parenting, power assertion and maternal responsiveness, in mother–child interactive contexts. Maternal personality alone and also in interaction with child emotionality predicted future parenting behaviors. The longitudinal links established between personality and parenting behaviors indicate the predictive utility of personality. Findings also highlight the bidirectionality of the early parent–child relationship. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)

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Publication Date
August, 2000
Citation Information
Lee Anna Clark. "Mothers' personality and its interaction with child temperament as predictors of parenting behavior." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Vol. 79 Iss. 2 (2000)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lee_anna_clark/58/