All ETDs from UAB

Advisory Committee Chair

Irena Stepanikova

Advisory Committee Members

Elizabeth Baker

Jessica Mirman

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences


Extensive literature addresses the associations between parental education and children’s mental health outcomes; however, the role of parental education and family resilience in child anxiety is unclear. The purpose of this study is to obtain a greater understanding of the role of parental education in child anxiety. Additionally, the study aims to investigate the role and potential varying effects of family resilience. Building upon Bowen’s Family Systems Theory and Walsh’s Systems Theory of Family Resilience, I hypothesize that parental education will be negatively associated with child anxiety and that family resilience will be negatively associated with child anxiety. I also hypothesize that the relationship between parental education and child anxiety will vary by the presence of family resilience. Using data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, hypotheses testing was conducted using nested logistic regression. Results revealed no significant effects of parental education. However, the results indicate that as family resilience increases, the odds of having child anxiety decreases. Race/ethnicity, child age and household size were also independently related to child anxiety. Additional research is needed to assess the cultivation of family resilience, variations in the development and use, and the extent of its role in child mental health outcomes.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.