The impact of maternal depression and parenting behaviors on adolescents' psychological functioning in Romania

Mihaela Robila, Ambika Krishnakumar

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Abstract

We examined the impact of maternal depression and parenting behaviors on adolescents' psychological functioning in Romania. The direct and indirect links between maternal depression, maternal acceptance, behavioral control, psychological control and adolescent internalizing and externalizing behaviors were analyzed. The sample consisted of 239, 12-14 year-old adolescents and their mothers. Results indicated that higher maternal depression were associated with higher levels of psychological control and higher levels of internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Higher levels of behavioral control were associated with higher levels of internalizing and externalizing behaviors in adolescents. However, the mothers were able to compartmentalize their depression from other parenting behaviors such as acceptance and behavioral control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-82
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Depression
  • Mothers
  • Parenting
  • Romania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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