Marital hostility and child sleep problems: direct and indirect associations via hostile parenting

Rhoades, Kimberly A, Leve, Leslie D, Harold, Gordon T, Mannering, Anne M, Neiderhiser, Jenae M, Shaw, Daniel S, Natsuaki, Misaki N and Reiss, David (2012) Marital hostility and child sleep problems: direct and indirect associations via hostile parenting. Journal of Family Psychology, 26 (4). pp. 488-498. ISSN 0893-3200

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Abstract

The current study examined two family process predictors of parent-reported child sleep problems at 4.5 years in an adoption sample: marital hostility and hostile parenting. Participants were 361 linked triads of birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted children. We examined direct and indirect pathways from marital hostility to child sleep problems via hostile parenting. Mothers' marital hostility at 9 months was associated with child sleep problems at 4.5 years. Fathers' marital hostility at 9 months evidenced an indirect effect on child sleep problems at 4.5 years via fathers' hostile parenting at 27 months. Findings were significant even after controlling for genetic influences on child sleep (i.e., birth parent internalizing disorders). The findings suggest targets for prevention and intervention programs that are potentially modifiable (e.g., hostile parenting, marital hostility), and inform theory by demonstrating that relations among marital hostility, hostile parenting, and child sleep problems are significant after accounting for genetic influences. © 2012 American Psychological Association.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Carmel Stevenson
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 11:15
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2015 11:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55549
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