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Paternal Depression: Associations with Paternal Parenting Behaviors

dc.contributor.advisorCompas, Bruce E.
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Kimberly F.
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-26T20:16:48Z
dc.date.available2010-04-26T20:16:48Z
dc.date.issued2010-04-07
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1803/4025
dc.descriptionThis thesis was compeleted for the requirements of Psy296B, Honors Thesis. Craig Smith lead this course's seminars and this thesis was completed under the direction of Dr. Bruce E. Compas.en_US
dc.descriptionAdditional file of the Poster session accompanies thesis with charts.
dc.description.abstractResearch on parental depression is beginning to recognize the importance of studying fathers with depression and the effects this depression can have on their parenting behaviors. The current study provides insight into the effects that paternal depression can have on specific mechanisms of paternal parenting behaviors. In this study, paternal depression is hypothesized to correlate with increased irritability and increased withdrawing parenting behaviors. The current study examined the effects of paternal depression on paternal parenting behaviors, as well as if paternal depression affects fathers’ parenting behaviors differently than maternal depression affects mothers’ parenting behaviors. This study used information from written questionnaires, interviews, as well as from parent-child interactions. Correlation statistics were used to analyze the obtained data for the specific hypotheses of this study. Results showed stronger correlations between paternal depressive symptoms and both intrusive and withdrawn parenting behaviors than these same correlations ran with depressed mothers. A major limitation to this study is the small sample size of fathers; however, the numbers for this study are comparable to previous research that has been able to find significant results for the effects of paternal depression on child outcomes, despite the small samples sizes of fathers available.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUnder the directions of Bruce E. Compas, this thesis was completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectPaternal Depression, Parenting Behaviorsen_US
dc.subjectPaternal Parenting Behaviorsen_US
dc.subject.lcshDepressionen_US
dc.subject.lcshChildren of depressed personsen_US
dc.subject.lcshFather and childen_US
dc.subject.lcshParenting
dc.subject.lcshDepressed persons -- Family relationships
dc.titlePaternal Depression: Associations with Paternal Parenting Behaviorsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts & Scienceen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychological Sciencesen_US


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