Parent Mindfulness and Child Outcome: The Roles of Parent Depressive Symptoms and Parenting.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine pathways in a model which proposed associations among parent mindfulness, parent depressive symptoms, two types of parenting, and child problem behavior. Participants' data were from the baseline assessment of a NIMH-sponsored Family-Group Cognitive-Behavioral intervention program (FGCB) for the prevention of child and adolescent depression (Compas et al., 2009). Participants consisted of 145 mothers and 17 fathers (mean age = 41.89 yrs, SD = 7.73) with a history of depression and 211 children (106 males) (mean age = 11.49 yrs, SD = 2.00). Analyses showed that (a) positive parenting appears to play a significant role in helping explain how parent depressive symptoms relate to child externalizing problems and (b) mindfulness is related to child internalizing and externalizing problems; however, the intervening constructs examined did not appear to help explain the mindfulness-child problem behavior associations. Suggestions for future research on parent mindfulness and child problem outcome are described.

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@article{Parent2011ParentMA, title={Parent Mindfulness and Child Outcome: The Roles of Parent Depressive Symptoms and Parenting.}, author={Justin Parent and Emily Priscilla Garai and Rex Lloyd Forehand and Erin Roland and Jennifer E. Potts and Kelly A. Haker and Jennifer E. Champion and Bruce E Compas}, journal={Mindfulness}, year={2011}, volume={1 4}, pages={254-264} }