The Relationship Among Caregiver Depressive Symptoms, Parenting Behavior, and Family-Centered Care

Deborah Winders Davis, John Myers, M. Cynthia Logsdon, Nerissa Bauer

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Background: Parental depression has been associated with adverse child outcomes. However, the specific parenting behaviors that may result in such child outcomes and the effect of family-centered care (FCC) on positive parenting behavior of depressed parents has not previously been examined. Methods: Data from the National Survey of Early Childhood Health was used (n= 2,068). Groups were stratified by the presence of parental depression and compared with regard to demographics and the mean number of specific positive parenting behaviors. Generalized linear models were developed based on testing whether individuals performed more or less than the median number of positive behaviors. Lastly, we tested whether depression independently predicted each outcome after adjustment for FCC, coping, social support, and ethnicity to evaluate if depression independently predicted each outcome after adjustment. Results: No difference was found in demographic variables between parents who were depressed and not depressed. Parents who were not depressed performed significantly more routines (p =036); reported coping better with parenting (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-132
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016



  • Early childhood
  • Parent mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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