Type of Document Thesis Author Reeves, Mark Daniel URN etd-08102004-140611 Title Maternal Nurturance as a Protective Factor in Sons of Antisocial and Alcoholic Fathers Degree Master of Science Department Psychology, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jeanette Taylor Committee Chair Alan Lang Committee Member Richard Wagner Committee Member Keywords
- Alcoholic Fathers
Date of Defense 2003-04-04 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe present study concerned risk and protective factors in the development of child
externalizing behavior problems. The risk factors examined were paternal antisocial personality
disorder and paternal alcohol use disorder, while the primary protective factor was maternal
nurturance. The sample included 329 intact families with a biological son aged 3 to 5 years old.
Results of both cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses indicated some support for the main
effect of maternal nurturance, but none of the interaction terms were significant. In short,
maternal nurturance did not serve as a protective factor for children of alcohol-disordered
fathers. This negative finding is consistent with the results of the only other longitudinal
examination of the question (Curran and Chassin, 1996).
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