Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 125–136

Examining Subtypes of Behavior Problems Among 3-Year-Old Children, Part III: Investigating Differences in Parenting Practices and Parenting Stress

  • Lauren H. Goldstein
  • Elizabeth A. Harvey
  • Julie L. Friedman-Weieneth
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10802-006-9047-6

Cite this article as:
Goldstein, L.H., Harvey, E.A. & Friedman-Weieneth, J.L. J Abnorm Child Psychol (2007) 35: 125. doi:10.1007/s10802-006-9047-6

Abstract

This study examined parenting of mothers and fathers of 3-year-old children who were classified as hyperactive (HYP), hyperactive and oppositional defiant (HYP/OD), and non-problem based on mothers' reports of behavior. Parents of children with HYP/OD were less warm, showed more negative affect, and more laxness than parents of non-problem children; however, contrary to prediction, they did not differ significantly from parents of children in the HYP group. Compared to mothers of non-problem children, mothers of children in the HYP/OD group reported significantly more parenting stress across all domains, whereas mothers of children in the HYP group only reported elevated levels of stress associated with having a difficult child. Theoretical and treatment implications are discussed.

Keywords

HyperactivityOppositional defiancePreschool-aged childrenParenting practices

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren H. Goldstein
    • 1
  • Elizabeth A. Harvey
    • 1
  • Julie L. Friedman-Weieneth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA