Mindful parenting behaviors and emotional self-regulation in children with ADHD and controls

Evans, Subhadra, Bhide, Sampada, Quek, Jeremy, Nicholson, Jan M., Anderson, Vicki, Hazell, Philip, Mulraney, Melissa and Sciberras, Emma 2020, Mindful parenting behaviors and emotional self-regulation in children with ADHD and controls, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, vol. 45, no. 9, pp. 1074-1083, doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa073.

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Title Mindful parenting behaviors and emotional self-regulation in children with ADHD and controls
Author(s) Evans, SubhadraORCID iD for Evans, Subhadra orcid.org/0000-0002-1898-0030
Bhide, SampadaORCID iD for Bhide, Sampada orcid.org/0000-0002-4563-423X
Quek, Jeremy
Nicholson, Jan M.
Anderson, Vicki
Hazell, Philip
Mulraney, Melissa
Sciberras, EmmaORCID iD for Sciberras, Emma orcid.org/0000-0003-2812-303X
Journal name Journal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume number 45
Issue number 9
Start page 1074
End page 1083
Total pages 10
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2020-10-01
ISSN 0146-8693
1465-735X
Keyword(s) ADHD
child emotion self-regulation
mindful parenting
parent anger
Summary Mindfulness is defined as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally and these behaviors can be applied to parenting. Thus far, it is not understood whether mindful parenting (MP) differs in parents of children with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and how MP relates to other parenting practices and children’s self-regulation.MethodsThis study examined the relationships between MP, parenting behaviors and children’s self-regulation in 120 families with child ADHD (85% male; mean age = 11.93) and 105 control families (62% male; mean age = 11.98). Parents completed measures of MP (Interpersonal Mindfulness in Parenting Scale), parenting behaviors (parenting warmth, consistency, and anger assessed with the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children measures), psychological distress (Kessler 6), and children’s self-regulation (Social Skills Improvement System—self-control subscale).ResultsWhen compared with controls, parents of children with ADHD reported significantly lower MP. Higher MP was associated with lower levels of parent psychological distress, higher levels of parenting warmth and consistency, lower levels of parenting anger, and higher child emotion self-regulation in both groups. In mediation analyses, MP was indirectly associated with child emotion self-regulation through lower parenting anger, with the model accounting for 55% of the variance in child self-regulation. ConclusionsMP is a useful construct for understanding parent behaviors, and children’s emotion self-regulation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa073
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Field of Research 1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, The Authors
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