This research was supported by research grants from the Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture, the Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l’Aide à la Recherche, the Conseil Québécois de la Recherche Sociale, the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec, the National Consortium on Violence Research (Grant #SBR9513040 from the National Science Foundation), the National Health Research Development Program Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Molson Foundation, and the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research. We thank Hélène Beauchesne, Lyse Desmarais-Gervais, Muriel Rorive, and Danielle Forest for their assistance in data collection, data analysis, and administration of the project.
Controlling Parenting and Physical Aggression During Elementary School
Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2008
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Volume 79, Issue 2, pages 411–425, March/April 2008
How to Cite
Joussemet, M., Vitaro, F., Barker, E. D., Côté, S., Nagin, D. S., Zoccolillo, M. and Tremblay, R. E. (2008), Controlling Parenting and Physical Aggression During Elementary School. Child Development, 79: 411–425. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2007.01133.x
- Issue online: 24 MAR 2008
- Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2008
The goal of the present study was to examine whether controlling parenting contributes to the problem of physical aggression. Developmental trajectories of children’s physical aggression were modeled from yearly teachers’ ratings, from ages 6 to 12. Multinomial logistic regressions (N = 1,508) served to identify risk factors that distinguish children who display different levels of physical aggression throughout grade school. Results revealed that being a boy and having a reactive temperament were important child predictors. Parental separation and an early onset of motherhood were also significant risk factors. Finally, mothers’ controlling parenting increased the odds of following the highest trajectory of physical aggression, above and beyond the previous risk factors.