Parent-child interactions with anxious children and with their siblings : An observational study

Barrett, Paula M., Fox, Tara and Farrell, Lara J. (2005) Parent-child interactions with anxious children and with their siblings : An observational study. Behaviour Change, 22 4: 236-248. doi:10.1375/bech.22.4.220

Author Barrett, Paula M.
Fox, Tara
Farrell, Lara J.
Title Parent-child interactions with anxious children and with their siblings : An observational study
Journal name Behaviour Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0813-4839
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1375/bech.22.4.220
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 22
Issue 4
Start page 236
End page 248
Total pages 13
Place of publication Bowen Hills, QLD, Australia
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Language eng
Abstract Emotionally available parent-child relationships are supportive of child health and development. When a child has cerebral palsy, a range of child and parent factors can potentially impact the parent-child relationship; however, little research has specifically addressed this question. The aim of this study is to investigate links between parent-child emotional availability and both child functional abilities and parent distress in a sample of parents and children with cerebral palsy.
Formatted abstract
In the present study, parent–child interactions with anxious children were compared to parent–child interactions with the anxious children's nonsymptomatic siblings and parent–child interactions with nonclinic children. Participants included 33 anxious children, their parents and siblings, and 14 nonclinic children and their parents. Parent–child interactions were observed during two discussion tasks related to anxiety-provoking or challenging situations. Parent–child interactions were coded for the following variables: control, warmth, reward of coping behaviour and task involvement. Consistent with previous research, parents in the anxious group showed more control, less paternal warmth and less maternal reward of coping behaviour toward their anxious child compared to parents of nonclinic children. Parent–child interactions with the anxious child were similar to parent–child interactions with the nonsymptomatic sibling, with the exception of fathers who exhibited more control toward their anxious child. Parent–sibling interactions, however, also resembled the nonclinic parent–child interactions, with mothers of anxious children showing more control toward their nonsymptomatic child than mothers of nonclinic children. These findings suggest that the relationships of each parent and their anxious child may be influenced by how the parent and child interact with each other. Suggestions for future research are discussed
Keyword cerebral palsy
emotional availability
parent-child interactions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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