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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Adams, Leah M.
Author's Email Address ladam24@lsu.edu
URN etd-11102010-205858
Title Maternal Variables as Predictors of Parenting Practices Post-Disaster
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kelley, Mary Lou Committee Chair
Beck, Melissa R. Committee Member
Gouvier, William Drew Committee Member
  • Parenting
  • Disaster
  • Psychopathology
  • Social Support
  • Coping
Date of Defense 2010-10-13
Availability unrestricted
Research demonstrates that parenting distress has a negative impact on parenting practices. Additionally, broad literary evidence illustrates the profound effect maternal variables such as psychopathology, social support, and coping style have on parenting practices. Research on how these maternal variables influence parenting behaviors in an altered and distressing post-disaster environment is limited, however. The current study fills this gap by examining the capacity of maternal variables to predict parenting practices post-disaster. Participants were 279 low income, African American displaced mother-child dyads from New Orleans directly affected by Hurricane Katrina. A series of hierarchical regression analyses were conducted while controlling for demographic factors. Results showed that negative parenting practices, including the use of corporal punishment and poor monitoring and supervision, were significantly related to maternal psychopathology, negative coping style, and lack of social support. Conversely, adaptive coping techniques and the presence of social support were significantly related to positive parenting behavior and parent involvement. Clinical implications are also discussed.
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