Maladaptive emotion-focused coping and anxiety in children: The moderating role of authoritative parenting

Zoe Sau Yi KWAN, Barbara Chuen Yee LO*, Ting Kin NG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This one-year longitudinal study examined the potential buffering role of authoritative parenting in the relationship between maladaptive emotion-focused coping and anxiety in children. Participants were 128 preadolescent children (41.4% female) aged between 10 and 14 years (M = 12.15, SD = 1.30) in Hong Kong. The results of the latent moderated structural equations model revealed that T1 paternal authoritative parenting significantly moderated the association between T1 maladaptive emotion-focused coping and T2 anxiety while controlling for T1 anxiety, such that the association was weaker when T1 paternal authoritative parenting was higher. T1 maladaptive emotion-focused coping was positively related to T2 anxiety when T1 paternal authoritative parenting was low. This relationship was not significant when T1 paternal authoritative parenting was medium or high. Unexpectedly, the moderating role of T1 maternal authoritative parenting was not significant. These findings suggest that paternal authoritative parenting may function as a protective factor that ameliorates the unfavorable impact of maladaptive emotion-focused coping on anxiety in children.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jul 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Research Fund (Project No. 102354) and the Direct Grant (Project No. 101128) from Lingnan University.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Maladaptive emotion-focused coping
  • Parenting
  • Authoritative parenting

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