The Role of Child-Centered Perspectives in a Model of Parenting

Cynthia L. Miller-Loncar, Susan H. Landry, Karen E. Smith, Paul R. Swank

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The mediating role of mothers' child-centered perspectives was examined in a longitudinal study of 323 children. The conceptual model of parenting was tested to determine whether maternal perspectives mediated the relations between the parenting resources of social support, child-rearing history, and self-esteem and the child's developmental level with parenting behavior. This conceptual model was compared to alternative models using structural equation modeling. Results indicate that mothers' perspectives directly related to parenting behavior in two different contexts as well as mediated the relations between maternal resources and behavior. Maternal self-esteem also mediated the relation between social support and child-rearing history with child-centered perspectives. Results support the importance of examining child-centered perspectives as an influence on parental competence as well as the importance of examining how parenting resources interrelate with one another to impact parenting behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-361
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Experimental Child Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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