Verband tussen opvoedgedrag en externaliserend probleemgedrag bij jonge kinderen
Peut, G. van de
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This study examined the influence of parenting behavior (i.e., warmth, positive, and negative discipline) on externalizing behavior problems of young children, and whether this relationship is moderated by the sex of the children. The data is collected from 353 parents with children, aged 16-66 months. The mothers and fathers separately completed questionnaires measuring their parenting behavior and behavior problems of their children. Results from a multiple regression analysis suggest that more warmth shown by parents is significantly related to less externalizing behavior. As expected, more use of negative discipline predicted more externalizing behavior. Positive discipline was not associated with externalizing problem behavior. Moreover, the sex of the child did not moderate the relation between parenting behavior and externalizing problem behavior. These findings support the idea that parenting behavior (warmth and negative discipline) is important for the development of behavior problems in children.