03 May 2019

Maternal history of childhood maltreatment and later parenting behavior: A meta-analysis

This research conducted a meta-analysis of studies that had examined the association of exposure to maltreatment during childhood (CM) and the subsequent parenting outcomes of mothers of 0- to 6-year-old children. There was a small significant relationship between mothers' exposure to CM and their parenting behaviour. The strength of the relationship between CM and parenting behaviour was larger when studies used parenting measures involving relationship-based, or negative, potentially abusive behaviours, when samples had a greater number of boys compared to girls, and when studies were older versus more recent.