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The intergenerational transmission of depression: Examining the relationship between depression and parenting traits
Spee, Grace A

2013, BA, Kent State University, College of Arts and Sciences / Department of Psychology.
The current study aimed to examine the relationship between maternal and child depression while also identifying different parenting characteristics that may be associated with depression in pre-adolescence. It was hypothesized that maternal depression and certain parenting characteristics would be related, while the same parenting characteristics would also be related to child depression. Participants include 103 children and their mothers, who completed several self-report forms measuring Parental Monitoring, Psychological Autonomy, Overreactivity, Laxness, and Acceptance, and depression. It was discovered that maternal depression and child depression were significantly related, and that child depression was significantly associated with all five parenting characteristics measured. Maternal depression was only found to be related to Laxness. A set of regression analyses revealed that when analyzed together, all parenting characteristics remained significantly associated with child depression except for Acceptance. When a mediation analysis was performed, it was revealed that Laxness mediated the relationship between maternal and child depression. These results support the hypothesis that certain parenting traits may foster the development of childhood depression. These findings may be useful in developing efficacious treatment plans for children with depression.
Jeffrey Ciesla, Ph.D. (Advisor)
Christopher Flessner, Ph.D. (Committee Member)
Michelle Foster, M.A. (Committee Member)
Manfred van Dulmen, Ph.D. (Committee Member)
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