Parental Socialization, Vagal Regulation, and Preschoolers’ Anxious Difficulties: Direct Mothers and Moderated Fathers

Parental Socialization, Vagal Regulation, and Preschoolers’ Anxious Difficulties: Direct... Parental supportiveness and protective overcontrol and preschoolers’ parasympathetic regulation were examined as predictors of temperamental inhibition, social wariness, and internalizing problems. Lower baseline vagal tone and weaker vagal suppression were expected to mark poorer dispositional self‐regulatory capacity, leaving children more susceptible to the influence of parental socialization. Less supportive mothers had preschoolers with more internalizing problems. One interaction between baseline vagal tone and maternal protective overcontrol, predicting social wariness, conformed to the moderation hypothesis. Conversely, vagal suppression moderated several links between paternal socialization and children’s anxious difficulties in the expected pattern. There were more links between mothers’ self‐reported parenting and child outcomes than were noted for direct observations of maternal behavior, whereas the opposite tended to be true for fathers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Child Development Wiley

Parental Socialization, Vagal Regulation, and Preschoolers’ Anxious Difficulties: Direct Mothers and Moderated Fathers

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Wiley
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© 2008 by the Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
ISSN
0009-3920
eISSN
1467-8624
D.O.I.
10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01110.x
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Abstract

Parental supportiveness and protective overcontrol and preschoolers’ parasympathetic regulation were examined as predictors of temperamental inhibition, social wariness, and internalizing problems. Lower baseline vagal tone and weaker vagal suppression were expected to mark poorer dispositional self‐regulatory capacity, leaving children more susceptible to the influence of parental socialization. Less supportive mothers had preschoolers with more internalizing problems. One interaction between baseline vagal tone and maternal protective overcontrol, predicting social wariness, conformed to the moderation hypothesis. Conversely, vagal suppression moderated several links between paternal socialization and children’s anxious difficulties in the expected pattern. There were more links between mothers’ self‐reported parenting and child outcomes than were noted for direct observations of maternal behavior, whereas the opposite tended to be true for fathers.

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Child DevelopmentWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2008

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