Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 474–484

Variations in the Influence of Parental Socialization of Anxiety among Clinic Referred Children

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10578-014-0487-x

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Holly, L.E. & Pina, A.A. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev (2015) 46: 474. doi:10.1007/s10578-014-0487-x


This study examined the relations between parental socialization of child anxious behaviors (i.e., reinforcement, punishment, modeling, transmission of information) and child anxiety and related problems at varying child sensitivity levels. Data corresponding to 70 clinic-referred children (M age = 9.86 years; 50 % girls; 49 % Hispanic/Latino, 51 % Caucasian) showed that for children with low (but not high) anxiety sensitivity, anxiety-related parental socialization behaviors were associated with more child anxiety and depression symptoms. Findings also indicated that parental socialization of anxious behaviors and anxiety sensitivity functioned similarly in the prediction of anxiety and depression across Caucasian and Hispanic/Latino children. There were no significant mean level variations across child sociodemographic characteristics in general, but anxiety-promoting parenting behaviors were twice as high in Hispanic/Latino compared to Caucasian families.


Parenting behaviorsChild anxietyChild depressionAnxiety sensitivity

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Prevention Research CenterArizona State UniversityTempeUSA