Anxiety-promoting parenting behaviors: A comparison of anxious mothers and fathers

Rebekah N. Teetsel, Golda S. Ginsburg, Kelly Drake

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Abstract

The majority of research identifying anxiety-promoting parenting behaviors has been conducted with mothers, leaving a gap in current knowledge about the role of fathers' parenting behaviors. In an attempt to fill this gap, this study compared anxiety-promoting parenting behaviors of anxious mothers and fathers. Parents completed self-report measures of parenting behavior and independent coders rated parenting behaviors (i.e., overcontrol, granting of autonomy, warmth, hostility, anxious behavior) of mothers (n = 34) and fathers (n = 21) during a challenging parent-child interaction task (children were ages 6-12). Results indicated that anxious fathers were observed to be more controlling than anxious mothers; while anxious mothers reported using more punishment and reinforcement of children's dependence in anxiety provoking situations compared to fathers. Findings extend our knowledge about anxious fathers, and highlight the need for additional research on the impact of fathers' parenting with respect to the development of child anxiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-142
Number of pages10
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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Keywords

  • Anxious fathers
  • Parental anxiety
  • Parental control
  • Parenting behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Anxiety-promoting parenting behaviors : A comparison of anxious mothers and fathers. / Teetsel, Rebekah N.; Ginsburg, Golda S.; Drake, Kelly.

In: Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Vol. 45, No. 2, 04.2014, p. 133-142.

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