Intergenerational continuity of hostile parenting and its consequences: The moderating influence of children's negative emotional reactivity

Laura V. Scaramella, Rand D. Conger

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Abstract

The present study examined both the intergenerational transmission of hostile parenting as well as the moderating effects of child negative emotional reactivity on continuity across generations. The study also considered the link between hostile parenting in the second generation and problem behaviors in the third. Observational ratings of mothers' hostile parenting in the first generation (G1) when the target participant was an adolescent (G2) predicted observational ratings of G2 hostile parenting toward their young child several years later (G3). G2 hostile parenting was positively related to behavior problems in the G3 sample. Moreover, intergenerational continuity in hostile parenting was evident only when G3 children were rated as highly reactive and emotionally negative during an observational arm restraint task, suggesting that child negative reactivity may condition intergenerational stability in parent hostility. Although the moderating effect was not significant statistically, a similar trend was evident for the link between G2 parenting and G3 problem behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-439
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Development
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Emotional reactivity
  • Intergenerational
  • Parenting
  • Problem behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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