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Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 24, Issue 11, pp 3192–3199

First Online: 18 January 2015

Abstract

Although separation anxiety is prevalent in young children, it remains unclear whether and how maternal separation anxiety is related to separation anxiety in children. This study examined associations between maternal separation anxiety and separation anxiety in children, and the potential effect psychologically controlling parenting. Mothers N = 269 and children N = 287 recruited for a community sample participated in two 1-year interval data-waves. Children were aged five-eight and were interviewed using an age-appropriate method for obtaining self-reports of separation anxiety and perceptions of dependency-oriented psychologically controlling parenting. Mothers reported on their feelings of separation anxiety regarding their child via a questionnaire. We found that maternal separation anxiety was positively related to separation anxiety in children within, but not over time. We did not find psychologically controlling parenting to mediate this association. Studying other factors than parenting may be an important avenue for future research in explaining separation anxiety in children.

KeywordsSeparation anxiety Psychologically controlling parenting Child self-report Childhood anxiety  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Lisanne L. Stone - Roy Otten - Bart Soenens - Rutger C. M. E. Engels - Jan M. A. M. Janssens

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