ERIC Number: ED231537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Maternal Tracking of Childhood Behaviors as Mediated by Family Stress.
Lorber, Rudy; And Others
To understand the origins of demonstrated tracking deficits possessed by parents of problem children, a study examined in detail possible differences between a sample of parents with behavior-problem children and a sample of parents with "normal" children. Subjects were 48 mothers who had children between the ages of 4 and 10. While viewing a segment of videotape depicting behavioral interactions within a family, mothers of both categories of children indicated the onset of prosocial and aversive behavior in a targeted child. Accuracy of behavioral tracking was assessed by comparing mothers' responses with those of professional observers employing a reliable behavior-coding system. The same coding system was used to collect behavioral observations of actual parent/child interactions. A parental self-report measure was also employed to assess the daily occurrence or nonoccurrence of problematic behavior. It was found that mothers of aggressive children indicated a significantly greater frequency of aversive behavior on the identical behavioral tracking task than did mothers of "normal" children. Multiple regression analyses indicated that responses to the analog behavioral tracking task explained a significant amount of variance in both the actual rate of aggressive child behavior in the home and in parental response to that aggressive behavior. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Behavioral Tracking Deficits; Coding; Social Interaction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).