Unpacking externalising problems: negative parenting associations for conduct problems and irritability

Oliver, Bonamy R (2015) Unpacking externalising problems: negative parenting associations for conduct problems and irritability. BJPsych Open, 1 (1). pp. 42-47. ISSN 2056-4724

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Abstract

Background Reciprocal associations between negative parenting and child externalising problems are well documented, but measures commonly include child irritability, masking potential distinct associations for irritability and conduct problems.

Aims To illuminate links between negative parenting, child conduct problems and irritability over time.

Method A cross-lagged monozygotic (MZ) twin differences design was used in a UK sample (3154 twin pairs) at 4, 7 and 9 years.

Results Within-pair MZ differences in negative parenting were found to relate longitudinally to differences in conduct problems and irritability. Of note, negative parenting at age 7 was found to relate particularly to increased irritability at 9 years.

Conclusions Once genetics are taken into account, irritability in middle childhood may be particularly vulnerable to negative parenting, suggesting support for its malleability to parent-based intervention.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2015 10:10
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 13:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/55939
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