Parenting Practices and Child Disruptive Behavior Problems in Early Elementary School

Elizabeth A. Stormshak, Karen L. Bierman, Robert J. McMahon, Liliana J. Lengua, John D. Coie, Kenneth A. Dodge, Mark T. Greenberg, John E. Lochman, Ellen Pinderhughes

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Examined the hypothesis that distinct parenting practices may be associated with type andprofile of a child's disruptive behavior problems (e.g., oppositional, aggressive, hyperactive). Parents of 631 behaviorally disruptive children described the extent to which they experienced warm and involved interactions with their children and the extent to which their discipline strategies were inconsistent and punitive and involved spanking and physical aggression. As expected from a developmental perspective, parenting practices that included punitive interactions were associated with elevated rates of all child disruptive behavior problems. Low levels of warm involvement were particularly characteristic of parents of children who showed elevated levels of oppositional behaviors. Physically aggressive parenting was linked more specifically with child aggression. In general, parenting practices contributed more to the prediction of oppositional and aggressive behavior problems than to hyperactive behavior problems, andparenting influences were fairly consistent across ethnic groups and sex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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