The effects of mothers' parental attitudes on their preschool children's internalizing and externalizing behavior problems : \ the mediator role of mothers' psychological adjustment

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2004
Yurduşen (Acı), Sema
This study aimed at revealing the mediational role of mothers̕ psychological adjustment between mothers̕ parental attitudes and their preschool children̕s behavioral problems relationship. The participants were 204 married mothers, 64 fathers, 195 chief teachers and 25 assistant teachers of preschool children aged between 1ư - 5 years-old, who are attending nurseries in different neighborhoods of Ankara. Prior to the main analyses, the reliability analyses of Child Behavior Check List - 1ư - 5 (CBCL ا 1ư - 5), and Caregiver-Teacher Report Form (C-TRF) were conducted. These analyses yielded many significant coefficients, though the strength of the correlations varied from low to high. Following the reliability analyses, Hierarchical Regression Analyses were performed to test the mediational role of mothers̕ psychological adjustment between their parental attitudes and children̕s internalizing, externalizing, and total behavior problems relationships. For these analyses, the variances accounted for by children̕s and mothers̕ demographic characteristics were controlled. Results revealed that, ءRejection of the Home Making Role̕ measure of PARI and Trait Anxiety measure explained the largest amount of variances while predicting the children̕s behavioral problems. According to hierarchical regression analyses, rejecting attitudes of mothers significantly associated with children̕s internalizing, externalizing, and total behavior problems. Moreover, mothers̕ rejecting attitudes significantly associated with their trait anxiety which is in turn associated with children̕s behavior problems. However, after controlling for the effect of trait anxiety, the relationship between mothers̕ rejecting attitudes and their children̕s behavior problems was disappeared. Therefore, mothers̕ trait anxiety was found to mediate their rejecting attitudes and preschool children̕s internalizing,

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S. Yurduşen (Acı), “The effects of mothers’ parental attitudes on their preschool children’s internalizing and externalizing behavior problems : \ the mediator role of mothers’ psychological adjustment,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.