Parenting practices and child social adjustment: Multiple pathways of influence

Celene E. Domitrovich, Karen L. Bierman

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This study explored pathways of influence linking parenting practices, child perceptions of their parents and peers, and social adjustment. Two dimensions of parenting practices were assessed from both parent and child reports: warmth/support and hostility/control. Child perceptions of peers also were assessed along these same dimensions. Parenting practices were related to peer-reported social behavior, peer dislike, and child social problem solving. Children's perceptions of their parenting experiences were related to their social problem solving and their reported social distress. In some cases, child perceptions of peer relations mediated the associations. The findings are discussed in terms of the importance of both the family and peer domains for child social development and the influence that child perceptions may have for psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-263
Number of pages29
JournalMerrill-Palmer Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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