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NCJ Number: 154077 Find in a Library
Title: Effect of Maternal Depression on Maternal Ratings of Child Behavior
Journal: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology  Volume:21  Issue:3  Dated:(June 1993)  Pages:245-269
Author(s): D M Fergusson; M T Lynskey; L J Horwood
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 25
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study proposed and tested a series of structural equation models of the relationship between maternal depression and errors in maternal reports on their children's behavior.
Abstract: The models assumed that maternal depression is unrelated to maternal reporting behavior; maternal depression causally influences maternal reporting accuracy; and maternal depression correlates with reporting accuracy. These models were fitted to data on maternal depression and multiple-informant (mother, teacher, child) reports of conduct disorder and attention deficit behaviors for a cohort of 12- and 13-year-old New Zealand children. The results of model fitting suggest small to moderate correlations between maternal depression and maternal reporting errors, showing a tendency for maternal depression to be associated with a mother's exaggeration of child behavioral problems; however, independent of any effects of maternal depression on maternal reporting errors, there was evidence of small but significant associations between maternal depression and child conduct disorder and attention deficit behaviors. 5 tables and 53 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Mental disorders; Parent-Child Relations; Parental attitudes
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