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Family functioning, parental psychological distress and child behaviours : evidence from the Victorian child health and wellbeing study

Renzaho, Andre, Mellor, David, McCabe, Marita and Powell, Martine 2013, Family functioning, parental psychological distress and child behaviours : evidence from the Victorian child health and wellbeing study, Australian psychologist, vol. 48, no. 3, Early view, pp. 217-225.

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Title Family functioning, parental psychological distress and child behaviours : evidence from the Victorian child health and wellbeing study
Author(s) Renzaho, Andre
Mellor, David
McCabe, Marita
Powell, Martine
Journal name Australian psychologist
Volume number 48
Issue number 3
Season Early view
Start page 217
End page 225
Total pages 9
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication Oxford, U. K.
Publication date 2013-06
ISSN 0005-0067
1742-9544
Keyword(s) child behaviour difficulties
family functioning
mental health
prosocial behaviour
Summary We examined, using data from the 2006 Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Study (VCHWS), whether family functioning is associated with parental psychological distress and children’s behavioural difficulties. The VCHWS was a statewide cross-sectional telephone survey to 5,000 randomly selected primary caregivers of 0- to 12-year-old children between October 2005 and March 2006. Only parents or guardians of children aged 4–12 years (n = 3,370) were included in this study. After adjusting for sociodemographic variables and ethnicity, parents or guardians scoring higher on the family functioning scale (i.e., from poorly functioning households) were at greater risk of psychological distress and had children with lower levels of prosocial behaviour and higher levels of behavioural difficulties relative to those from healthily functioning households. Mental health prevention programmes addressing child mental and conduct problems should consider the family environment and target those families functioning poorly.
Notes Article first published online 23rd December 2011
Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920206 Health Inequalities
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, The Australian Psychological Society
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