Using repeated observational and questionnaire data from 57 infants and their parents, lower parental efficacy perceptions and higher parental negative mood states were evaluated as potential mediators to explain the adverse influence of environmental chaos on parenting. Factor analysis revealed noise- and crowdingchaos dimensions in the home. Higher scores on both chaos dimensions were related to less responsive and stimulating parenting. Home chaos was generally unrelated to parental ratings of distressed mood, but parents reported a lower sense of efficacy as noise level in home increased. However, our data did not support predicted links between measures of parenting and efficacy. The overall pattern of results indicates that neither parental mood nor efficacy appears to mediate relations between home chaos and parenting behavior.
Corapci, Feyza and Wachs, Theodore D.
"Does Parental Mood or Efficacy
Mediate the Influence of Environmental
Chaos Upon Parenting Behavior?,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 48
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol48/iss2/5