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Parenting practices and childhood anxiety reporting in Mexican, Mexican American, and European American families



Parenting practices and childhood anxiety reporting in Mexican, Mexican American, and European American families



Journal of Anxiety Disorders 22(6): 1011-1020



Parenting practices reflecting over-control and lack of warmth and acceptance are associated with childhood anxiety in white non-Latino populations. In this study, we examined whether these parenting practices were related to childhood anxiety in Mexican-descent children. Mexican (M: n=46), Mexican American (MA: n=48), and European American (EA: n=47) families discussed three ambiguous, potentially anxiety provoking situations. Transcribed discussions were coded for parenting practices reflecting control and lack of warmth and acceptance. Controlling practices were associated with more anxiety for the M and EA groups and with less anxiety for the MA group. The MA parents generated more verbalizations indicative of control than the M parents and more verbalizations indicative of lack of warmth and acceptance than the EA parents. Implications for our understanding of anxiety development in Latino children are discussed.

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PMID: 18083326

DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2007.11.001


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