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Publications [#272700] of Bernard F. Fuemmeler

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  1. Mullins, LL; Fuemmeler, BF; Hoff, A; Chaney, JM; Van Pelt, J; Ewing, CA (2004). The Relationship of Parental Overprotection and Perceived Child Vulnerability to Depressive Symptomotology in Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: The Moderating Influence of Parenting Stress. Children'S Health Care, 33(1), 21-34. [doi]
    (last updated on 2019/02/13)

    Our study examined the relationship between parental overprotection and perceived child vulnerability to self-reported depressive symptoms in 8- to 12-year-old children diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. The moderating influence of parenting stress was also examined. Mothers (N = 43) completed measures of parental over-protection, perceived child vulnerability, and parenting stress, and the children completed a measure of child depression. Findings revealed that both child vulnerability and parenting stress were associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms; no relationship was found between overprotection and child depressive symptoms. Regression results further indicated that parenting stress moderated the relationship between perceived child vulnerability and depressive symptomotology. Thus, parenting stress appears to magnify the relationship between perceived child vulnerability and child-reported depressive symptoms. Our findings lend additional empirical support for the transactional relationship between discrete parenting variables and child distress. These results also support the view that overprotection and child vulnerability are distinct but overlapping constructs. Interventions that target specific parenting approaches and general parenting stress may be effective in ameliorating child distress.

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