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Parenting practices and prospective levels of hyperactivity/inattention across early- and middle-childhood

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posted on 20.09.2018, 00:00 by DJ Hawes, MR Dadds, ADJ Frost, Alexander RussellAlexander Russell
This study examined specific parenting practices as predictors of prospective levels of children's hyperactivity/inattention across early- and middle-childhood. Participants were a mixed-sex community cohort (N = 976; 52 % boys) aged 4-10 years (M = 6.5, SD = 1.3). Measures of parenting practices, hyperactivity/inattention, conduct problems, and maternal education were collected at baseline, and hyperactivity/inattention re-assessed at 12-month follow-up. Analyses examined predictors of 12-month hyperactivity/inattention while controlling for levels at baseline. High levels of parental involvement were associated with reduced levels of hyperactivity/inattention, but only across early childhood. Conversely, increases in child age were associated with increased levels of hyperactivity/inattention across middle-childhood, but only among children exposed to high levels of inconsistent discipline. Inconsistent discipline and parental involvement appear to be uniquely associated with prospective hyperactivity/inattention across childhood, independent of associated conduct problems. Our results further suggest some developmental specificity with regard to the effects of these distinct dimensions of parenting on hyperactivity/inattention at different points in childhood. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

History

Volume

35

Issue

3

Start Page

273

End Page

282

Number of Pages

10

eISSN

1573-3505

ISSN

0882-2689

Publisher

Springer New York LLC

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Sydney; University of New South Wales; University of Queensland

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment