Trajectories of adolescent mother-grandmother psychological conflict during early parenting and children's problem behaviors at age 7

Stacy Buckingham-Howes, Sarah E. Oberlander, Kristen M. Hurley, Shannon Fitzmaurice, Maureen M. Black

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This study extends the determinants of parenting model to adolescent mothers by examining how adolescent mother-grandmother psychological conflict and perceptions of infant fussiness from birth through age 2 years relate to children's problem behaviors at age 7. Participants were 181 adolescent mother, child, and grandmother triads living in multigenerational households and recruited at delivery. Psychological conflict was characterized by two stable trajectories. In multivariate models that included maternal depression, both psychological conflict and perceptions of infant fussiness predicted externalizing behavior at age 7. Perceptions of infant fussiness, but not psychological conflict, predicted internalizing behavior at age 7.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-455
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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