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the particular components of parenting in specific situations would cause anxiety in children. The study was also unable to recommend remedies for treating anxiety. The findings of this study are not in agreement of any literature reviewed. Moller et al., (2016) carried out a study to determine the relationships amongst motherly and fatherly parenting habits and anxiety in early stages of a child's development. The study investigated the relationship between parental and maternal parenting behavior which involves
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THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN PARENTING AND CHILDHOOD ANXIETY 6 over-involvement, overprotection, overreacting and over control and anxiety in childhood which requires shyness, behavioral inhabitation, and fear. The study carried out two meta-analyses, where one was for the mothers and one for the fathers. The study revealed a small magnitude between parenting associations with anxiety in children. However, the connection between challenging parents varied between mothers and fathers. Mother's challenging parenting was not meaningfully connected with anxiety. On the other hand, father's challenging parenting was linked to anxiety in early childhood to a greater degree. The study also found out that early childhood anxiety symptoms are more connected with father's parenting. The study concluded that the role played by a father in early childhood anxiety is much more than that performed by mothers. The study left a gap where more research needs to be studied on whether father challenging parenting can help in preventing early childhood anxiety. These results are in agreement with the conclusions of S. Lazarus, Helen, Mirjana, Wieke, Talia Morris, Yulisha, Susan, and Jennifer (2016) found out that fathers experienced more challenging parenting behavior compared to the mothers. As a result, this reported lower cases of child anxiety. In studying the interactions between children and mothers, Phoebe, Shannon, and Marian (2004) concentrated on the impact of maternal care and child anxiety. The methodology for this study was the use of the interview. Children and their mothers were interviewed twice in fifteen days where both visits were three hours long. Trained graduates interviewed both mother and their children. The total number of interviews was sixty-eight mothers and their children aged between seven to fifteen years. The study employed measures such as videotaped interactions diagnostic instruments and observational coding. The study found out that there was an essential connection between anxiety and independence granted by their mothers. Less autonomy was
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THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN PARENTING AND CHILDHOOD ANXIETY 7 correlated with anxiety disorder in children. The investigation also revealed that overprotective mothering leads to anxiety in children. However, these results are in disagreement with the hypothesis which revealed that anxiety in children emerges earlier than parent overprotection (Rubin et al., 1999).
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