Background: Research supports the beneficial role of prosocial behaviors on children’s adjustment and successful youth development. Empirical studies point to reciprocal relations between negative parenting and children’s maladjustment, but reciprocal relations between positive parenting and children’s prosocial behavior are understudied. In this study reciprocal relations between two different dimensions of positive parenting (quality of the mother-child relationship and the use of balanced positive discipline) and children’s prosocial behavior were examined in Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States.
Mother-child dyads (N = 1105) provided data over 2 years in two waves (Mage of child in wave 1 = 9.31 years, SD = 0.73; 50% female).
A model of reciprocal relations between parenting dimensions, but not among parenting and children’s prosocial behavior, emerged. In particular, children with higher levels of prosocial behavior at age 9 elicited higher levels of mother–child relationship quality in the following year.
Lansford, Jennifer E.
Luengo Kanacri, Bernadette Paula
Malone, Patrick S.
Di Giunta, Laura
Bombi, Anna Silvia
Miranda, Maria Concetta
Bornstein, Marc H.
Uribe Tirado, Liliana Maria
Alampay, Liane Pena
Al‐Hassan, Suha M.
Dodge, Kenneth A.
Skinner, Ann T.
The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
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