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Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 6, Issue 1, 2-12, 2015
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Dysfunctional Parenting and Depression: The Mediational Role of Schemas

  Michael Lewin - California State University, San Bernardino
  Laura Garcia - California State University, San Bernardino
  Amanda Limon - California State University, San Bernardino
  Alexander Ojeda - California State University, San Bernardino

Volume 6, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 2-12

Dysfunctional parenting has been shown to be related to a variety of forms of psychopathology. Schema Theory proposes that when children’s core developmental needs are unmet (“toxic parenting”), maladaptive views of self and others (Early Maladaptive Schemas; EMS) develop. These EMS represent a cognitive vulnerability to future psychopathology. Research has shown that several EMS mediated the relationship between recollections of parenting and depressive symptoms. The goal of the present study is to address limitations in previous research by utilizing multiple mediation models that will examine previously supported mediators in the literature simultaneously. Participants were 222 College students. Results of bootstrap multiple mediation analyses revealed that when shared variance is addressed, only the EMS of vulnerability to harm mediated the relationship between recollections of maternal bonding and current depression. These findings support the role of EMS as a cognitive diathesis in the development of depressive symptoms.

Table of Contents
  Demographics form.
  Schema Questionnaire – Short Form (SQ-SF; Young, 1998).
  Acceptance Subscale of the Child Report of Parent Behavior Inventory (CRPBI; Schaefer, 1965).
  Psychological Control Scale-Youth Self Report (Barber, 1996).
  Depression Subscale of Symptom Checklist- 90-Revised (SCL-90-R; Derogatis, 1994).

Correspondence to
Michael R. Lewin, Department of Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino, 5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, CA, 92407.

parenting, schemas, depression, vulnerability, psychopathology

Received 1 Mar 2013; Revised 25 Mar 2014; Accepted 27 Mar 2014; In Press 5 Apr 2015

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