Self-compassion and the parenting behaviors of mothers of young children

dc.contributor.advisorRude, Stephanie Sandra
dc.creatorWhitney, Tavia Baileyen
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-31T19:21:34Zen
dc.date.issued2013-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2013en
dc.date.updated2013-10-31T19:21:35Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractOne of the most challenging aspects of being a parent is managing the many emotions that are aroused in the context of caring for a child. This dissertation explores the relationships among self-compassion, affective distress, parenting self-efficacy, and negative parenting behaviors in a sample of mothers of preschool-aged children (n = 139). Participants completed several self-report measures on-line including the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS), the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS), the Parenting Sense of Competence Scale (PSOC), and the Parenting Scale (PS). Higher levels of self-compassion were associated with fewer negative parenting behaviors and higher levels of parenting satisfaction. Initial data analyses revealed the relationship between self-compassion and negative parenting behaviors was partially mediated by affective distress and parenting self-efficacy. However, when lax and overreactive parenting behaviors were examined separately, only overreactive parenting behaviors were significantly related to self-compassion. Self-efficacy---but not negative affect---continued to partially mediate this relationship. The results of the study suggest that self-compassion, as a way of being and as a strategy of emotion regulation, is an asset when facing the challenges and emotional tide of parenting. Limitations of the study and future areas of research are discussed.en
dc.description.departmentEducational Psychologyen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/21874en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.subjectSelf-compassionen
dc.subjectParentingen
dc.subjectMothersen
dc.subjectEmotion regulationen
dc.subjectParenting self-efficacyen
dc.titleSelf-compassion and the parenting behaviors of mothers of young childrenen
thesis.degree.departmentEducational Psychologyen
thesis.degree.disciplineEducational Psychologyen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen
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