The mediator role of parenting behaviors between children's witnessing interparental violence and children's coping with interpersonal and academic stressors

Sarıot, Özge
The study aims to investigate the role of parenting behaviors as a mediator, between children's witnessing of interparental violence and coping ways of children with interpersonal and academic stressors. For the purpose of assesment, The Conflict Tactic Scale Adapted for Italian Youngsters and The Question Set about Parental Abuse towards Children have been translated into Turkish and their psychometric properties therein were tested on 10-12 year-old children. With the same aged sample group which involved 343 elementary students, the relationship among witnessing interparental violence, perceived parenting behaviors, and coping ways with the interpersonal and academic stressors were tested through mediation analysis. After determination of the mediators, four path anaylses were conducted in order to test the convergence between the mediation models and the data obtained in the study, via Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). Results revealed that perceived emotional warmth, rejection and comparison behaviors of parents have mediator roles between witnessing interparental violence and ways of coping with the interpersonal stressors. Additionally, perceived emotional warmth and rejection from parents also mediated the relationship between witnessing interparental violence and ways of coping with academic stressors. Lastly, the conducted Structural Equation Modeling indicated existence of a good fit between the model and the data. After findings were evaluated, the implications of the results were mentioned and limitations were discussed with an emphasis on recommendations for future research.


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Citation Formats
Ö. Sarıot, “The mediator role of parenting behaviors between children’s witnessing interparental violence and children’s coping with interpersonal and academic stressors,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2011.