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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(9), 981; doi:10.3390/ijerph14090981

Poverty and Child Behavioral Problems: The Mediating Role of Parenting and Parental Well-Being

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WZB Berlin Social Science Center, 10785 Berlin, Germany
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Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, 44801 Bochum, Germany
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Telethon KIDS Institute, the University of Western Australia, Subiaco WA 6008, Australia
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Center for Population Health Research, Curtin University, Perth WA 6102, Australia
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Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Education, Magdeburg University, 39106 Magdeburg, Germany
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Received: 13 July 2017 / Revised: 23 August 2017 / Accepted: 25 August 2017 / Published: 30 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Poverty and Child Well-Being)
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The detrimental impact of poverty on child behavioral problems is well-established, but the mechanisms that explain this relationship are less well-known. Using data from the Families in Germany Study on parents and their children at ages 9–10 (middle childhood), this study extends previous research by examining whether or not and to what extent different parenting styles and parents’ subjective well-being explain the relationship between poverty and child behavior problems. The results show that certain parenting styles, such as psychological control, as well as mothers’ life satisfaction partially mediate the correlation between poverty and child behavioral problems. View Full-Text
Keywords: poverty; life satisfaction; parenting; child behavior problems; Germany poverty; life satisfaction; parenting; child behavior problems; Germany
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Kaiser, T.; Li, J.; Pollmann-Schult, M.; Song, A.Y. Poverty and Child Behavioral Problems: The Mediating Role of Parenting and Parental Well-Being. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 981.

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