Parental perceptions of overprotection: Specific to anxious children or shared between siblings?

Jennifer L. Hudson*, Ronald M. Rapee

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    Abstract

    Parents of children with anxiety disorders (n = 45) and parents of nonclinical children (n = 33) were interviewed regarding the rearing of two children in their family. The purpose of the study was to determine whether overprotective parenting, according to parent report, occurs specifically in the context of relationships with the anxiety-disordered child or whether parents also perceive themselves to be over-protective of the anxious child's sibling. Self-reports of overprotection by parents of anxious children were also compared to self-reports of overprotection by parents of nonclinical children. Mothers in the clinical group were more likely to report that they were more protective of the anxious child than they were to report being either more protective of the sibling or equally protective of both children. Both mothers and fathers in the clinical group were no more likely than nonclinical parents to perceive themselves as being more protective overall than other parents.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)185-194
    Number of pages10
    JournalBehaviour Change
    Volume22
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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