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Developmental Psychology 2010, Vol. 46, No. 6, 1651–1661 © 2010 American Psychological Association 0012-1649/10/$12.00 DOI: 10.1037/a0021020 Perceptions of Childhood Relationships With Mother and Father: Daily Emotional and Stressor Experiences in Adulthood Melanie H. Mallers Susan T. Charles California State University, Fullerton University of California, Irvine Shevaun D. Neupert David M. Almeida North Carolina State University The Pennsylvania State University Adults who report having had high-quality relationships with their parents during childhood have better overall mental health and are at decreased risk for mental disorders compared with those who report low parental relationship quality. Researchers have predominantly focused on the relationship with the mother, oftentimes excluding the unique role that fathers may play in the long-term development of their offspring. The current study examined the unique associations of recalled childhood experiences of mother– child and father– child relationship quality with daily emotional experiences and stress processes in adulthood. Men and women (N ⫽ 912, ages 25–74) retrospectively reported the quality of their childhood relationships with their mother and father. Later, they reported their daily psychological distress and stressor exposure every night over 8 consecutive evenings. Results indicate that mother– child relationship quality was related to lower levels of daily psychological distress. The ...
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