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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Journal of Experimental Child Psychology|
|State||Published - Sep 1997|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology