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Title: Positive parenting and children's prosocial behavior in eight countries
Authors: Concetta Pastorelli
Jennifer E. Lansford
Bernadette Paula Luengo Kanacri
Patrick S. Malone
Laura Di Giunta
Dario Bacchini
Anna Silvia Bombi
Arnaldo Zelli
Maria Concetta Miranda
Marc H. Bornstein
Sombat Tapanya
Liliana Maria Uribe Tirado
Liane Pena Alampay
Suha M. Al-Hassan
Lei Chang
Kirby Deater-Deckard
Kenneth A. Dodge
Paul Oburu
Ann T. Skinner
Emma Sorbring
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2016
Abstract: © 2015 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Background: Research supports the beneficial role of prosocial behaviors on children's adjustment and successful youth development. Empirical studies point to reciprocal relations between negative parenting and children's maladjustment, but reciprocal relations between positive parenting and children's prosocial behavior are understudied. In this study reciprocal relations between two different dimensions of positive parenting (quality of the mother–child relationship and the use of balanced positive discipline) and children's prosocial behavior were examined in Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States. Methods: Mother–child dyads (N = 1105) provided data over 2 years in two waves (Mageof child in wave 1 = 9.31 years, SD = 0.73; 50% female). Results: A model of reciprocal relations between parenting dimensions, but not among parenting and children's prosocial behavior, emerged. In particular, children with higher levels of prosocial behavior at age 9 elicited higher levels of mother–child relationship quality in the following year. Conclusions: Findings yielded similar relations across countries, evidencing that being prosocial in late childhood contributes to some degree to the enhancement of a nurturing and involved mother–child relationship in countries that vary widely on sociodemographic profiles and psychological characteristics. Policy and intervention implications of this study are discussed.
ISSN: 14697610
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