Maternal emotion and cognitive control capacities and parenting

A conceptual framework

AliceAnn Crandall, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Anne W Riley

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Purpose: Emerging evidence suggests that maternal emotion and cognitive control capacities are critical to the development and maintenance of parenting practices and may be related to parents' ability to seek and use parenting help. The purpose of this paper is to present a cohesive conceptual framework on the intersection of maternal emotion and cognitive control capacities and parenting based on a review of literature. Methods: We conducted a comprehensive literature review of articles published between 2000 and February 2014 that addressed maternal emotion and cognitive control and parenting. The 35 articles identified were assigned a methodological quality score. Results: Low maternal emotion and cognitive control capacity is associated with increased risk of engaging in child maltreatment, whereas higher maternal emotion and cognitive regulation is associated with sensitive, involved parenting. Contextual factors, such as SES and household organization, play a complex and not clearly understood role on the association between maternal cognitive control and parenting. A conceptual framework was developed based on the results of the literature review. Conclusions: The conceptual framework developed can be used to inform future research and practice. Longitudinal studies that assess the temporal relationship of maternal emotion and cognitive control and parenting are necessary to establish causality. Research that addresses how maternal emotion regulation and cognitive control capacities are related to mothers' enrollment and participation in parenting and early intervention programs is an important next step to strengthening policy and intervention work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-126
Number of pages22
JournalDevelopmental Review
Volume36
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Cognitive control
  • Emotion regulation
  • Executive function
  • Parenting
  • Self-regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Maternal emotion and cognitive control capacities and parenting : A conceptual framework. / Crandall, AliceAnn; Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Riley, Anne W.

In: Developmental Review, Vol. 36, 01.06.2015, p. 105-126.

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