Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2012

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Tammy D. Barry

Advisor Department



Through a moderated mediational model, the current study examined whether parenting practices mediate the relation between maternal depression and adaptive behaviors in preschoolers and whether that mediation is moderated by socioeconomic status (SES). Data were collected from parent and teacher report questionnaires on 117 preschool children [54 attending Head Start and 63 attending other (non-Head Start ) childcare centers]. It was hypothesized that parenting practices would mediate the relation between maternal depression and child adaptive behavior (positive parenting leading to higher adaptive behavior, negative parenting leading to lower adaptive behavior) and that the relation between parenting and adaptive behavior would be further impacted (i.e., moderated) by SES. Although the hypotheses were not fully supported, findings did show that maternal depression was related to some aspects of parenting and that some aspects of parenting practices were related to child adaptive behaviors.