Maternal Mindfulness and Child Social Behavior: the Mediating Role of the Mother-Child Relationship
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AbstractMindfulness is defined as moment-by-moment social awareness derived from a non-judgmental, friendly, and receptive attitude. Previous research suggested that mindfulness has a positive effect on parenting. The present study examined the association between mindfulness, parent–child relationship, and child social behavior in a Chinese sample. Two-hundred and sixteen mothers with children of preschool age completed a set of questionnaires on their mindfulness, parent–child relationships, and their children’s social behavior. A path analysis of their responses indicated that mindfulness had a significant and positive effect on the mother-child relationship in terms of attachment, involvement, and parental confidence and a negative effect on discipline practice and relational frustration. Mindfulness also had a significantly negative indirect effect on children’s emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity, and peer problems and a significant and positive indirect effect on children’s prosocial behavior. These results supported previous findings that mindful parents were more involved in their children’s lives and have a tendency to be more aware of their children’s needs. Implications of these results are discussed.
All Author(s) ListSiu A.F.Y., Ma Y., Chui F.W.Y.
Journal nameMindfulness
Year2016
Month6
Day1
Volume Number7
Issue Number3
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Place of PublicationGermany
Pages577 - 583
ISSN1868-8527
eISSN1868-8535
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsChild’s social behavior, Mindfulness, Parent–child relationship

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