Parenting is related to children's adjustment, but little research has examined the role of parenting in children's responses to disasters. This study describes parenting responses specific to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and examines pre-9/11 parenting, child temperament, and 9/11-specific parenting as predictors of children's posttraumatic stress (PTS) symptoms among children geographically distant from the attack locations. A community sample of children and parents (n=137, ages 9-13 years) participating in an ongoing study were interviewed 1 month following 9-11. Parents reported engaging in a number of parenting responses following 9-11. Pre-9-11 acceptance and 9-11-specific, self-focused parental responses predicted PTS symptoms. Pre-9-11 parenting and temperament interacted to predict PTS symptoms, suggesting that parenting and temperament are important prospective predictors of children's responses to indirect exposure to disasters.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology|
|State||Published - Jul 8 2010|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology