Child anxiety sensitivity and family environment as mediators of the relationship between parent psychopathology, parent anxiety sensitivity, and child anxiety

Kelly L. Drake, Christopher A. Kearney

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Abstract

This study examined child anxiety sensitivity and family environment as mediators of the relationship between (1) parent psychopathology and anxiety sensitivity and (2) child anxiety in a community sample of 157 youths aged 7-18 years. Parents completed measures of anxiety sensitivity, psychopathology, and family environment. Youths completed measures of anxiety sensitivity and anxiety. One structural equation model was tested with child anxiety sensitivity as a mediator of (1) parent psychopathology and parent anxiety sensitivity and (2) child anxiety. Mediation was found with respect to parent psychopathology but not anxiety sensitivity. A second structural equation model was tested with family environment (conflict and control) as a mediator of (1) parent psychopathology and parent anxiety sensitivity and (2) child anxiety. Mediation was found with respect to parent psychopathology and anxiety sensitivity. Possible explanations for these pathways are discussed, including information transmission from parents to children, modeling anxiety-based reactions, temperament, and isolation of children from anxiety-provoking situations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety sensitivity
  • Child
  • Parent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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