Bidirectional associations between parenting practices and conduct problems in boys from childhood to adolescence: The moderating effect of age and African-American ethnicity

Dustin Pardini, Paula J. Fite, Jeffrey D. Burke

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Abstract

This study examined the bidirectional relationship between parent and teacher reported conduct problems in youth and parenting practices using a longitudinal sample of boys assessed from 6 to 16 years of age. Analyses tested whether these bidirectional associations changed across development and whether the nature of these associations varied across African-American and Caucasian families. Overall, the results supported a bidirectional relationship between conduct problems and all parenting practices examined from childhood to adolescence. The influence of conduct problems on changes in parenting behaviors was as strong as the influence of parenting behaviors on changes in conduct problems across development. Changes in the bidirectional relationship across development were found in some, but not all, models. While corporal punishment was more strongly related to changes in teacher-reported conduct problems for African-American boys compared to Caucasian boys, more similarities than differences were found between the ethnic groups in terms of the bidirectional associations examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)647-662
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • African-American
  • Bidirectional
  • Conduct problems
  • Development
  • Longitudinal
  • Parenting
  • Physical punishment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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