Parental Psychopathology and High-Risk Children

  • David C. Factor
  • David A. Wolfe


Interest in the relationship between parental behavior and children’s developmental outcome has long been a fundamental concern of social scientists. This is a fact regardless of the direction of a person’s basic developmental orientation—genetic or environmental—because the two orientations place significant weight on parental characteristics and influence. Furthermore, it is now widely recognized that parents and children influence each other in a reciprocal fashion (e.g., Bell & Harper, 1977), rather than in a unidirectional, parent-to-child fashion as was originally assumed by many investigators. Understanding of the manner in which parental psychological characteristics can affect the developing child’s emotional and behavioral adjustment has grown immensely over the past decade, and these recent findings form the foundation for the discussion in this chapter.


Child Behavior Maternal Depression Marital Conflict Insecure Attachment Parental Depression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Factor
    • 1
  • David A. Wolfe
    • 2
  1. 1.TRE-ADD ProgramThistledown Regional Center for Children and AdolescentsRexdaleCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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