The impact of mothers’ relationship quality and parenting on children’s peer relationships
Journal of Family Issues
This study examined the longitudinal effects of mothers? partner relationship quality on parenting behaviors and school-age children?s peer relationships. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development archival data were used to examine parenting behaviors as a mediator between partner relationship quality and child peer outcomes using structural equation modeling. Maternal report was used to assess partner quality; a parent?child interaction task was used to measure parenting behaviors; teacher and child report were used to assess children?s peer relationships. Maternal parenting behaviors partially mediated the association between partner quality and children?s teacher-reported social?emotional outcomes with peers. Results are discussed in terms of the spillover hypothesis and implications for clinical interventions are discussed.
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Gallagher, Erin, Huth-Bocks, Alissa, & Schmitt, Tom. (2014). The impact of mothers’ relationship quality and parenting on children’s peer relationships. Journal of Family Issues, 36(3), 421–442. doi:10.1177/0192513X13487680