The purpose of this paper was to examine parenting and children's adjustment in the under-researched population of families living in supportive housing. The impact of specific dimensions of observed parenting on teacher-reported school-aged children's internalizing and externalizing symptoms were examined between two time points one year apart. Data from 77 families enrolled in the Early Risers: Healthy Families prevention study were used. Higher observed parenting dimensions of skill encouragement and positive involvement at baseline were associated with lower children's externalizing scores at one-year follow-up. However, higher observed problem solving was associated with higher children's internalizing scores at one-year follow-up. These findings offer evidence that positive parenting practices have the potential to impact externalizing symptoms over time, while the relationship between parenting and internalizing symptoms may be more complex.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. June 2010. Major: Family Social Science. Advisors: Dr. Jodi Dworkin and Dr. Abigail Gewirtz. 1 computer file (PDF); vii, 102 pages.
Dillon, Kristin Ann.
Parenting and children’s adjustment in families living in supportive housing..
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