Child and maternal influence on parenting behavior in clinically anxious children

Jennifer L. Hudson, Anthea M. Doyle, Natalie Gar

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This study examined child and maternal influences on maternal overinvolvement and negativity. A sample of mothers of children with anxiety disorders (n=45) and mothers of nonclinical children (n=46) were observed interacting during a speech preparation task with a child from the same diagnostic group as their child (i.e., anxious or nonanxious) and with a child from a different diagnostic group. During interactions involving children who were not their own, mothers were observed to be more involved with anxious children in comparison to nonclinical children. Mothers of clinically anxious children were observed to be less negative during the interactions with nonclinical children than with clinically anxious children. These results are discussed in relation to the cyclical relationship between parenting behavior and child anxiety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-262
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


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