Gillian Sternheim, Adriana M Perez, Iseli G Hernandez, Shivani Desai, Margaret Briggs-Gowan, Lauren S Wakschlag and Amelie Petitclerc
Northwestern University, USA
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
University of Connecticut, USA
Posters-Accepted Abstracts: J Psychol Abnorm Child
Developmentally-sensitive identification of disruptive behavior has been linked to clinical impairment in early childhood and beyond. Disruptive behavior also predicts negative life outcomes and later psychopathology such as poor school performance, criminal offending and substance abuse. This demonstrates the importance of identifying factors that may contribute to disruptive behavior. Extensive research shows a relationship between harsh parenting practices and disruptive behavior. However, some research in older youth suggests that these links differ across different racial/ethnic groups or socioeconomic status. In the present study, we take advantage of the large and diverse MAPS sample to investigate how specific facets of parenting behavior are associated with preschool disruptive behavior across families with different racial/ethnic or socioeconomic backgrounds.