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Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 39, Issue 4, pp 369–379 | Cite as

Temperament Influences on Parenting and Child Psychopathology: Socio-economic Disadvantage as Moderator

  • Eirini Flouri
Original Paper

Abstract

Despite calls for research on how the socio-economic environment may be related to temperament, we still do not know enough about the relationship between temperament and socio-economic disadvantage (SED). A particularly under-researched question in temperament research is how SED may moderate the temperament–parenting and the temperament–child psychopathology links. The article argues that, to develop theory, future temperament studies should seek to explore how the timing, specificity or accumulation, level and duration, and change of SED may be related not only to temperament but also to links between temperament and parenting and between temperament and child psychopathology.

Keywords

Child psychopathology Parenting Socio-economic disadvantage Socio-economic status Temperament 

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Acknowledgments

The article was written while on support from a grant from the British Academy to investigate the role of contextual risk in child psychopathology. The author is also grateful to two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments and suggestions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of EducationUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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