A psychometric evaluation of the Parental Behaviors and Beliefs About Anxiety Questionnaire among a child clinical population
Heritability studies have consistently demonstrated an increased risk for anxiety among the offspring of anxious parents (e.g., D. C. Beidel & S. M. Turner, 1997). Moreover, numerous parental styles, practices, behaviors, and beliefs have been linked to childhood anxiety (e.g., M. R. Dadds & P. M. Barrett, 1996; R. M. Rapee, 1997). However, the role parenting behaviors and beliefs play as mediators in the relationship between parental and child anxiety has yet to be systematically examined. This investigation describes the development of an objective parent-report instrument designed to assess 3 parental factors hypothesized to mediate the relationship between parental and child anxiety: overinvolvement with the child, parental beliefs about anxiety, and stimulus regulation. Only parental beliefs about the child's anxiety significantly mediated the relationship between parent and child anxiety, suggesting that it is not parental anxiety per se that predicts child anxiety, but rather the parent's beliefs about the extent to which anxiety is harmful for their child.
0632: Psychological tests