Relationship between Parenting Stress and Children's Attributional Style in Childhood Anxiety
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AbstractParenting stress and children's maladaptive attributional style have been known to be risk factors of childhood anxiety. The current study extends the literature by examining the effect of these two risk factors on children's anxious symptoms with respect to their age, sex, ethnicity and their own perception of their parents' stress in a sample of 8-12 year olds and their parents. Caregiving demands were direct predictors of parents' reports of their children's anxious symptoms, whereas girls' maladaptive negative attributional style and their own perception of their parents' stress directly predicted their reports of their anxious symptoms. Caregiving demands and parents' personal stressors had an indirect effect on girls' reports of their anxious symptoms through their maladaptive negative attributional style. Girls' perception of their parents' stress also interacted with their maladaptive negative attributional style to predict their anxious symptoms. Demographic differences with respect to parenting stress and children's maladaptive attributional style were also found.
Werklund School of Education