Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 579–587 | Cite as

Maternal Parenting Behaviors and Coping in African American Children: The Influence of Gender and Stress

  • Noni K. Gaylord-Harden
  • Cynthya L. Campbell
  • Christine M. Kesselring
Original Paper


We examined the effects of maternal parenting behavior on coping strategies in 200 low-income, African American children (mean age = 10.41) and the role of child gender and economic stress on these effects. Participants completed measures of perceived economic stressors, coping strategies and perceptions of mothers’ parenting behaviors. Regression analyses demonstrated a main effect for maternal support on active coping and support-seeking coping. For boys, hierarchical regression analyses revealed that maternal support and economic stressors interacted to predict active and support-seeking coping. For girls, there was a significant interaction between maternal psychological control and economic stressors in the prediction of avoidant coping. Our results add to the literature on the effects of parent–child relationships on children’s responses to stress.


Coping strategies Maternal support Maternal control African American children Economic stress 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noni K. Gaylord-Harden
    • 1
  • Cynthya L. Campbell
    • 1
  • Christine M. Kesselring
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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