ERIC Number: ED253823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Healthy, Beneficial Communication in Parents of High-Risk Children.
Parental communication, particularly in the areas of cognitive clarity and affect, has been implicated in the etiology of psychiatric disorders in children. This paper reports a method for studying Healthy Features in parental communication, aspects of verbal style that counteract a child's exposure to genetic and social environmental risk factors. A set of coding categories was applied to Rorschach protocols from 61 parents of 10-year-old boys selected (from the ongoing University of Rochester Child and Family Study) to be at risk for the development of severe mental disorders. One parent in each family had previously been hospitalized for a mental disorder. Healthy Features measures were developed that correlated with criterion teacher and peer ratings of the child's school adjustment. Positive attentional and affective features of parental communication were found to occur independently of parents' psychopathology. They also add significantly to Communication Deviance in predicting offspring adjustment, indicating that beneficial and pathogenic communication are separate domains of parenting. (Table 1 provides a detailed summary of the 11 Healthy Features categories.) (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Styles; Rorschach Test
Note: A shortened version of this paper was presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-27, 1984).