Date of Award

Summer 8-12-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Robert D. Latzman, Ph.D.

Abstract

Despite low/moderate convergent correlations, assessment of youth typically relies on multi-informants for information across a range of domains including parenting practices. Although parent-youth informant discrepancies have been found to predict adverse youth outcomes, few studies have examined contributing factors to the explanation of informant disagreements on parenting. The current study represents the first investigation to test the fit of hypothesized path models in which mother and son’s self-reported affective dimensions of temperament and depression were concurrently examined as critical pathways to informant discrepancies on parenting. Within a community sample of 174 mother-son dyads, results suggest that whereas the effects of mothers’ temperament on discrepancies for parenting evidenced a full mediation through depression, the effect of sons’ temperament only partially depended on depression in explaining discrepancies on parenting. Results broadly confirmed the importance of considering multi-informant’s self-reported affective dimensions of temperament and depression in the explanation of discrepancies on parenting practices.

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