Relations of parenting and temperament to chinese children's experience of negative life events, coping efficacy, and externalizing problems

Qing Zhou, Yun Wang, Xianli Deng, Nancy Eisenberg, Sharlene Wolchik, Jenn-Yun Tein

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Abstract

The relations of parenting and temperament (effortful control and anger/frustration) to children's externalizing problems were examined in a 3.8-year longitudinal study of 425 native Chinese children (6-9 years) from Beijing. Children's experience of negative life events and coping efficacy were examined as mediators in the parenting- and temperament-externalizing relations. Parents reported on their own parenting. Parents and teachers rated temperament. Children reported on negative life events and coping efficacy. Parents, teachers, children, or peers rated children's externalizing problems. Authoritative and authoritarian parenting and anger/frustration uniquely predicted externalizing problems. The relation between authoritarian parenting and externalizing was mediated by children's coping efficacy and negative school events. The results suggest there is some cross-cultural universality in the developmental pathways for externalizing problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-513
Number of pages21
JournalChild development
Volume79
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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