The buffering role of paternal parenting stress in the relationship between maternal parenting stress and children's problematic behaviour

Authors:
Carmen Trumello, Alessandra Babore, Marika Cofini, Roberto Baiocco, Antonio Chirumbolo, Mara Morelli
Published Online:
22 Mar 2021
DOI:
10.1002/ijop.12758
Pages:
739-744
Volume/Issue No:
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The present study aimed at exploring the relationship between parenting stress and children's problematic behaviour in the families of 99 children aged 8–11 years. Parenting stress was assessed by parents, using the Parenting Stress Index, and children's problematic behaviour was assessed by teachers, using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. A moderation regression analysis showed a conditioning effect of paternal parenting stress in the relationship between maternal parenting stress and children's problematic behaviour. In the presence of high levels of paternal parenting stress, the relationship between maternal parenting stress and children's problematic behaviour was significant and strong (p = .01). When paternal parenting stress levels were low, the relationship between maternal parenting stress and children's problematic behaviour was not significant (p = .49). The results underlined that paternal parenting stress may buffer the relationship between maternal parenting stress and children's problematic behaviour. Clinical implications are discussed.

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