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Maternal depressive symptoms and adolescent academic attainment: Testing pathways via parenting and self-control

Ng-Knight, T; Shelton, KH; Frederickson, N; McManus, IC; Rice, F; (2018) Maternal depressive symptoms and adolescent academic attainment: Testing pathways via parenting and self-control. Journal of Adolescence , 62 pp. 61-69. 10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.11.003. Green open access

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Abstract

Maternal depression is associated with reduced academic attainment in children, however, it is not clear how this association comes about. Depressive symptoms are associated with impairment in social roles including parenting. Children's self-control is an important contributor to academic attainment and is influenced by parenting. We therefore hypothesised that impaired parenting and children's self-control may mediate links between maternal depression and children's academic attainment. Data were from a brief longitudinal study (3 waves) of UK children aged 11-12 years and their mothers. Higher maternal depressive symptoms at baseline were associated with lower academic attainment in children assessed one year later. There was evidence to support an indirect effect of maternal depressive symptoms on children's academic attainment through the mother-child and the father-child relationship which, in turn, reduced children's self-control. These influences were independent of socio-economic deprivation. A direct effect of maternal depression on children's academic attainment was also observed.

Type: Article
Title: Maternal depressive symptoms and adolescent academic attainment: Testing pathways via parenting and self-control
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.11.003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.11.003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Academic attainment, Education, Maternal depression, Parenting, Self-control
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10042721
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