Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, 2815 Eastlake Ave. E., Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98102.
Parental Depression and Child Outcomes: The Mediating Effects of Abuse and Neglect
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2011
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 73, Issue 1, pages 164–180, February 2011
How to Cite
Mustillo, S. A., Dorsey, S., Conover, K. and Burns, B. J. (2011), Parental Depression and Child Outcomes: The Mediating Effects of Abuse and Neglect. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73: 164–180. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00796.x
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Duke University, Box 3454, Durham NC 27710.
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
- child functioning;
- child welfare;
- parental depression;
- physical abuse
Using longitudinal data on 1,813 children and parents from a nationally representative child-welfare sample, National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), this study investigated physically abusive and neglectful parenting as mediating the effects of parent depression on child mental health by developmental stage. Findings from latent growth models indicated that parental depression had a significant impact on child outcomes for all youths, but of the 2 types of parenting behaviors, only neglectful parenting mediated the relationship for preschool and school-aged children. Neither parenting behavior mediated the effects of parental depression for adolescents.