Date of Award
Benjamin L. Hankin, Ph.D.
Child Psychology, Cognitive Vulnerability, Depression, Parenting
Little is known about the developmental processes through which parenting factors may influence clinical depression among youth. This study investigated whether parenting influences the onset of clinical depression through the mediating mechanism of negative attributional style, particularly under conditions of high stress, in a community sample of children and adolescents (N = 289). Results supported a moderated mediation model in which low levels of observed parent positive regard and sensitivity to distress during a youth stressor task were indirectly associated with an increased likelihood of experiencing an episode of depression over an18 month period, through the mediating influence of youth negative attributional style, but only for youth who also experienced a high number of peer stressors. These findings elucidate mechanisms through which parenting may contribute to risk for depression during the transition into and across adolescence.
Oppenheimer, Caroline W., "Parenting influences on depression: A moderated mediated model" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 993.
Received from ProQuest
Caroline W. Oppenheimer