Parenting Stress and Positive Parenting Behaviors in At-Risk Mothers: A Parent-Mediated Intervention (poster)

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Poster Session Presentation
2012 Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Conference
Washington, DC
December 3, 2012

Ann M. Mastergeorge & Katherine Paschall, The University of Arizona

Parenting behaviors have significant effects on early toddler development, and are particularly impacted by poverty and stress.  Early interventions may ameliorate these negative child outcomes through early relationship-based interventions.  Measures of maternal stress, responsivity and sensitivity were included to document changes in behavior and assess the quality of interactions over time.  The results indicate that this parent-mediated intervention program reduces parenting stress and increasing positive parenting behaviors of at-risk mothers.