A1 Journal article (refereed)
Maternal Affection Moderates the Associations Between Parenting Stress and Early Adolescents’ Externalizing and Internalizing Behavior (2020)

Silinskas, G., Kiuru, N., Aunola, K., Metsäpelto, R.-L., Lerkkanen, M.-K., & Nurmi, J.-E. (2020). Maternal Affection Moderates the Associations Between Parenting Stress and Early Adolescents’ Externalizing and Internalizing Behavior. Journal of Early Adolescence, 40 (2), 221-248. doi:10.1177/0272431619833490

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All authors or editors: Silinskas, Gintautas; Kiuru, Noona; Aunola, Kaisa; Metsäpelto, Riitta-Leena; Lerkkanen, Marja-Kristiina; Nurmi, Jari-Erik

Journal or series: Journal of Early Adolescence

ISSN: 0272-4316

eISSN: 1552-5449

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 40

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 221-248

Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/0272431619833490

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/68129


The present study investigated the role of parenting stress in early adolescents’ externalizing and internalizing behavior and, particularly, the moderating effect of maternal affection on these associations. The data of 992 early adolescents (𝑋⎯⎯⎯age=12.71; 454 girls) and their mothers during the transition from primary school to lower secondary school were analyzed. The results showed that when maternal affection was low, parenting stress was not related to the changes in early adolescents’ externalizing or internalizing behavior. In contrast, when maternal affection was high, low parenting stress related to a decrease and high parenting stress to an increase in such behavior. The results were statistically significant and stronger for internalizing behavior; for externalizing behavior, they were marginally significant but showed the same pattern. Overall, the results support the idea that maternal affection provides a context which intensifies (rather than ameliorates) the influence of parenting stress on early adolescents’ externalizing and internalizing behavior.

Keywords: parent-child relationship; parenthood; affection (attachment); stress (biological phenomena); school-age children; behavioural patterns

Free keywords: parenting stress; parental affection; externalizing; internalizing; school transition

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Academy of Finland
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Hämäläinen, Keijo
Academy of Finland

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Reporting Year: 2020

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