Maternal variations in stress reactivity: implications for harsh parenting practices with very young children.

@article{Martorell2006MaternalVI,
  title={Maternal variations in stress reactivity: implications for harsh parenting practices with very young children.},
  author={Gabriela A Martorell and Daphne Blunt Bugental},
  journal={Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association},
  year={2006},
  volume={20 4},
  pages={641-7}
}
Although a wide array of variables has been found to predict harsh parenting, less is known about the linkages among these variables. It is suggested here that stress reactivity, as reflected in cortisol changes, is an important mediating variable. In a high-risk population, mothers (N = 60) with low perceived power (as measured by the Parent Attribution Test; D. B. Bugental, J. B. Blue, & M. Cruzcosa, 1989), were highly reactive to infants and toddlers with a difficult temperament pattern. In… CONTINUE READING

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