Parental Stress and Early Child Development

Adaptive and Maladaptive Outcomes

  • Kirby Deater-Deckard
  • Robin Panneton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Common Sources of Parenting Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Rochelle C. Cassells, Gary W. Evans
      Pages 15-45
    3. Maureen E. McQuillan, John E. Bates
      Pages 75-106
    4. Cameron L. Neece, Neilson Chan
      Pages 107-124
  3. Consequences of Parenting Stress for Children

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Rosa H. Mulder, Jolien Rijlaarsdam, Marinus H. Van IJzendoorn
      Pages 157-180
    3. Viara R. Mileva-Seitz, Alison S. Fleming
      Pages 235-259
  4. Pathways to Managing Parental Stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Keith Crnic, Emily Ross
      Pages 263-284
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 309-316

About this book


This book examines the complex impact of parenting stress and the effects of its transmission on young children’s development and well-being (e.g., emotion self-regulation; executive functioning; maltreatment; future parenting practices). It analyzes current findings on acute and chronic psychological and socioeconomic stressors affecting parents, including those associated with poverty and cultural disparities, pregnancy and motherhood, and caring for children with developmental disabilities. Contributors explore how parental stress affects cognitive, affective, behavioral, and neurological development in children while pinpointing core adaptation, resilience, and coping skills parents need to reduce abusive and other negative behaviors and promote optimal outcomes in their children. These nuanced bidirectional perspectives on parent/child dynamics aim to inform clinical strategies and future research targeting parental stress and its cyclical impact on subsequent generations.

Included in the coverage:

  • Parental stress and child temperament.
  • How social structure and culture shape parental strain and the well-being of parents and children. 
  • The stress of parenting children with developmental disabilities.
  • Consequences and mechanisms of child maltreatment and the implications for parenting.
  • How being mothered affects the development of mothering.
  • Prenatal maternal stress and psychobiological development during childhood.

Parenting Stress and Early Child Development is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians and related professionals, and graduate students in infancy and early childhood development, developmental psychology, pediatrics, family studies, and developmental neuroscience.


Child and infant aggression Child and infant wellbeing Child maltreatment Child psychopathology Childhood poverty Emotion regulation in infants Executive function in infants Fetal development Household chaos Maternal depression and anxiety Infant and child development Infant development Infant epigenetics Infant physiology Parenting efficacy Paternal depression and anxiety Poverty and parenting stress Prenatal and postnatal stress Prenatal/fetal programming Self-regulation in infants Stress during pregnancy

Editors and affiliations

  • Kirby Deater-Deckard
    • 1
  • Robin Panneton
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychological and Brain SciencesUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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