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Associations among mothers' representations of their relationship with their toddlers, maternal parenting stress, and toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors.
Infant Behav Dev. 2018 02; 50:132-139.IB

Abstract

This study examined the array of associations among the emotional valence and the coherence of mothers' representations of their relationship with their toddlers, mothers' reported parenting stress, and toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors. To evaluate maternal representations, 55 mothers were interviewed using the Five Minute Speech Sample procedure (FMSS; Magaña et al., 1986), which was coded for criticism and positive comments (Magaňa-Amato, 1993), as well as coherence (Sher-Censor & Yates, 2015). Mothers also completed the Parenting Stress Index - Short Form (PSI; Abidin, 1997) to evaluate their parenting stress and the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL/1.5-5; Achenbach & Rescorla, 2000) to assess their toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Results indicated that parenting stress was associated with maternal criticism and fewer positive comments in the FMSS, but not with the coherence of mothers' FMSS. Parenting stress, criticism, and lower coherence in the FMSS were associated with maternal reports of externalizing behaviors. Only parenting stress and lower coherence in the FMSS were related to mothers' reports of internalizing behaviors of the child. Thus, the emotional valence and the coherence of mothers' representations of their relationship with their child and parenting stress may each constitute a distinct aspect of parenting and contribute to the understanding of individual differences in toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Implications for research and practice with families of toddlers are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel. Electronic address: esher@psy.haifa.ac.il.Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29277061

Citation

Sher-Censor, Efrat, et al. "Associations Among Mothers' Representations of Their Relationship With Their Toddlers, Maternal Parenting Stress, and Toddlers' Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors." Infant Behavior & Development, vol. 50, 2018, pp. 132-139.
Sher-Censor E, Shulman C, Cohen E. Associations among mothers' representations of their relationship with their toddlers, maternal parenting stress, and toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Infant Behav Dev. 2018;50:132-139.
Sher-Censor, E., Shulman, C., & Cohen, E. (2018). Associations among mothers' representations of their relationship with their toddlers, maternal parenting stress, and toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Infant Behavior & Development, 50, 132-139. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2017.12.005
Sher-Censor E, Shulman C, Cohen E. Associations Among Mothers' Representations of Their Relationship With Their Toddlers, Maternal Parenting Stress, and Toddlers' Internalizing and Externalizing Behaviors. Infant Behav Dev. 2018;50:132-139. PubMed PMID: 29277061.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Associations among mothers' representations of their relationship with their toddlers, maternal parenting stress, and toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors. AU - Sher-Censor,Efrat, AU - Shulman,Cory, AU - Cohen,Esther, Y1 - 2017/12/23/ PY - 2016/12/13/received PY - 2017/12/11/revised PY - 2017/12/11/accepted PY - 2017/12/26/pubmed PY - 2018/11/7/medline PY - 2017/12/26/entrez KW - Coherence KW - Expressed emotion KW - Five minute speech sample KW - Parenting stress KW - Representations KW - Toddlers’ internalizing and externalizing behaviors SP - 132 EP - 139 JF - Infant behavior & development JO - Infant Behav Dev VL - 50 N2 - This study examined the array of associations among the emotional valence and the coherence of mothers' representations of their relationship with their toddlers, mothers' reported parenting stress, and toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors. To evaluate maternal representations, 55 mothers were interviewed using the Five Minute Speech Sample procedure (FMSS; Magaña et al., 1986), which was coded for criticism and positive comments (Magaňa-Amato, 1993), as well as coherence (Sher-Censor & Yates, 2015). Mothers also completed the Parenting Stress Index - Short Form (PSI; Abidin, 1997) to evaluate their parenting stress and the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL/1.5-5; Achenbach & Rescorla, 2000) to assess their toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Results indicated that parenting stress was associated with maternal criticism and fewer positive comments in the FMSS, but not with the coherence of mothers' FMSS. Parenting stress, criticism, and lower coherence in the FMSS were associated with maternal reports of externalizing behaviors. Only parenting stress and lower coherence in the FMSS were related to mothers' reports of internalizing behaviors of the child. Thus, the emotional valence and the coherence of mothers' representations of their relationship with their child and parenting stress may each constitute a distinct aspect of parenting and contribute to the understanding of individual differences in toddlers' internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Implications for research and practice with families of toddlers are discussed. SN - 1934-8800 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29277061/Associations_among_mothers'_representations_of_their_relationship_with_their_toddlers_maternal_parenting_stress_and_toddlers'_internalizing_and_externalizing_behaviors_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0163-6383(16)30234-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -