Parenting and Children's Behavior at 36 Months: Equivalence Between African American and European American Mother - Child Dyads

Leanne Whiteside-Mansell, Robert H. Bradley, Margaret Tresch Owen, Suzanne M. Randolph, Ana Mari Cauce

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Objective. This study examines the similarity of parenting and the associations between maternal behavior and child problem and prosocial behavior across two racial groups. Design. Using data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care (SECC), analyses included an examination of the comparability of maternal and child behavior between African American (n = 123) and European American (n = 953) families using multiple-group mean and covariance structures analysis (MACS). Observational data from two mother - child activities and maternal report of child behavior were used to construct three parenting and four child latent constructs. Results. Comparable measures of parenting (Responsive, Harsh, and Intrusive), child problem behavior (Externalizing and Internalizing), and child prosocial behavior (Compliance and Expressiveness) were found using partial invariance methods across racial groups. The associations between harsh, intrusive and responsive parenting and child behaviors were found to be similar across racial groups. Conclusions. Generality in the organization of parenting and similarity in their association to child behavior obtain across racial groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-234
Number of pages38
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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