Untangling the Links of Parental Responsiveness to Distress and Warmth to Child Outcomes

This study demonstrated separate linkages between 2 features of positive parenting—responsiveness to distress and warmth—and different aspects of children's socio-emotional functioning, in a sample of 106 children

Maayan Davidov; Joan E. Grusec

2006

Scholarcy highlights

  • This paper is based in part on a doctoral dissertation completed by the first author at the University of Toronto
  • A portion of these data were presented at the biannual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, July 2004
  • This study demonstrated separate linkages between 2 features of positive parenting—responsiveness to distress and warmth—and different aspects of children's socio-emotional functioning, in a sample of 106 children
  • Negative affect regulation mediated between maternal responsiveness to distress and children's empathic responding
  • Positive affect regulation mediated between maternal warmth and boys' peer acceptance
  • The findings support a differentiated approach to positive parenting

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