Mütterliche depressivität, erziehung und kindliche erlebens-und verhaltensprobleme

Translated title of the contribution: Maternal depression, parenting and children's emotional and behavioral problems

Charlotte Kötter, Mark Stemmler, Anneke Bühler, Friedrich Lösel

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The following research questions were investigated: What kind of impairments exist in the parenting behavior of emotionally burdened mothers as well as in the behavior of their children aged 4-7 years? What are the existing correlations between maternal depression, different aspects of parenting, and the child's emotional and behavioral problems? Which aspects of parenting mediate the relationship? Subclinically depressed mothers (N = 380) filled in standardized questionnaires about parenting behavior, perceived competence and stress, and their child's behavior. The data were compared to a normative sample (Lösel et al., 2005). Children of depressed mothers showed significantly more emotional and behavioral problems. The stressed and depressed-feeling mothers showed more inappropriate parenting behavior in comparison to the normative mothers. In addition, these mothers rated themselves less competent in parenting, and they reported more parental stress. It is shown that perceived parenting competence and stress mediate the relationship of maternal depression and children's emotional and behavioral problems. The impact of the results on prevention is discussed.

Translated title of the contributionMaternal depression, parenting and children's emotional and behavioral problems
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)109-118
Number of pages10
JournalKindheit und Entwicklung
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 8 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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