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Title: The role of parents in child anxiety
Author: Ogielda, Claire
ISNI:       0000 0004 6421 338X
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2017
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The current thesis consists of a literature review and a research study. The literature review systematically evaluated the parental role in the development of anxious cognitions in children. Studies were identified through electronic database searches, using key terms related to 'parent', 'child', 'anxiety' and 'cognitions'. The review confirmed that parents have a role in the development of child anxious cognitions by behaving in fearful ways, reducing their child's autonomy, verbally communicating fear to their child and indirectly via their own expectations about their child. Findings were consistent with Cresswell, Cooper, and Murray's (2010) model of the parental behavioural pathways that lead to the development of anxious cognitions in children. Findings are limited due to the small number of reviewed studies and low number of fathers included in the studies. The research study aimed to investigate the relationship between parent anxiety and child anxiety, by examining the role of parental control, parental experiential avoidance and mindful parenting. A cross-sectional design was employed. Parents (N = 85) of children aged 8-12 years were recruited from a community sample. Parents completed a survey of self-report measures that assessed parent anxiety, child anxiety, parental control, parental experiential avoidance and mindful parenting. Significant associations were found between parental experiential avoidance and mindful parenting and child anxiety. Parental experiential avoidance predicted child anxiety, however mindful parenting did not. Parental control and parental experiential avoidance mediated the relationship between parent and child anxiety. Future research should replicate the study using a clinical sample and longitudinal design.
Supervisor: Emerson, Lisa-Marie ; Rowse, Georgina Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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