- Volume 34 Issue 4
Using questionnaire data from a sample of 236 mothers who have 4-6 years old children in Seoul, this study examined a model of how child's temperament, mother's temperament and parenting stress influence mother's parenting behavior. In general, child's temperament affected mother's parenting indirectly, rather than directly, through its impact on parenting stress and, in turn, parenting behavior. Mother's temperament, in particular, mother's emotionality had a direct effect on parenting as well as parenting stress. As expected, mother's emotionality predicted more reject-authoritarian parenting and this relation was partially mediated by mother's parenting stress. Implications are discussed in terms of the relative contribution of child's temperament and mother's temperament on parental functioning and the importance of mother's psychological well-being.