Positive parenting as a protective resource for parentally bereaved children

Rachel A. Haine, Sharlene Wolchik, Irwin Sandler, Roger E. Millsap, Tim S. Ayers

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Abstract

Positive parenting was examined as a protective resource against the adverse effects of negative life events on parentally bereaved children's mental health problems. The sample consisted of 313 recently bereaved children ages 8 to 16 and their current caregiver. Both the compensatory (direct effect independent of negative life events) and the stress-buffer (interactive effect with negative life events) protective resource models were examined and child gender was explored as a moderator of both models. Results revealed evidence for the compensatory protective resource model for both child and caregiver reports of mental health problems. No evidence of the stress-buffer model or child gender as a moderator was found. Implications for the understanding of children's responses to the death of a parent and the development and implementation of preventive interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalDeath Studies
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2006

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Positive parenting as a protective resource for parentally bereaved children. / Haine, Rachel A.; Wolchik, Sharlene; Sandler, Irwin; Millsap, Roger E.; Ayers, Tim S.

In: Death Studies, Vol. 30, No. 1, 01.2006, p. 1-28.

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Haine, Rachel A. ; Wolchik, Sharlene ; Sandler, Irwin ; Millsap, Roger E. ; Ayers, Tim S. / Positive parenting as a protective resource for parentally bereaved children. In: Death Studies. 2006 ; Vol. 30, No. 1. pp. 1-28.
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