Andrea L Pazdera, PhD, School of Behavioral Health Sciences; Lenore M McWey, PhD and Ann Mullis, PhD, Department of Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University; Joyce Carbonell, PhD, Department of Psychology, Florida State University.
Child Sexual Abuse and the Superfluous Association with Negative Parenting Outcomes: The Role of Symptoms as Predictors
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2012
© 2012 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 39, Issue 1, pages 98–111, January 2013
How to Cite
Pazdera, A. L., McWey, L. M., Mullis, A. and Carbonell, J. (2013), Child Sexual Abuse and the Superfluous Association with Negative Parenting Outcomes: The Role of Symptoms as Predictors. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 39: 98–111. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00272.x
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2012
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between child sexual abuse and high-risk maternal parenting indicators and the extent to which maternal depression and self-perceived parenting competence influence that relationship. Using path analysis, results indicate maternal depression and parenting sense of competence mediate the relationship between child sexual abuse and outcome variables. Post hoc analyses indicated that child sexual abuse was significantly associated with decreased parenting sense of competence, controlling for depression. These results highlight that the pathways for increased risk in parenting outcomes for child sexual abuse survivors may be indirect and associated with beliefs of their own sense of competence and depression as opposed to a direct association with sexual abuse itself. Implications are discussed.