Longitudinal relations of intrusive parenting and effortful control to ego-resiliency during early childhood

Zoe E. Taylor, Nancy Eisenberg, Tracy Spinrad, Keith F. Widaman

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Longitudinal relations among ego-resiliency (ER), effortful control (EC), and observed intrusive parenting were examined at 18, 30, and 42 months of age (Ns = 256, 230, and 210) using structural equation modeling. Intrusive parenting at 18 and 30 months negatively predicted EC a year later, over and above earlier levels. EC at 30 months mediated the negative relation between 18-month intrusive parenting and ER at 42 months when controlling for stability of the variables. ER did not predict EC. The findings suggest that intrusive parenting may have a negative effect on children's ego-resiliency through its effects on children's abilities to regulate attention and behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1145-1151
Number of pages7
JournalChild development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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