ERIC Number: ED382382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Relationship between Perceived Parental Self-Efficacy and Childrearing Beliefs among First-Time Mothers of Infants.
This study examined whether perceived parental self-efficacy was related to childrearing attitudes among 113 first-time mothers of 6- to 12-month-old infants. Perceived parental self-efficacy was measured using the Maternal Self-Efficacy Scale (D. M. Teti and D. M. Gelfand, 1991) and the Lips Maternal Self-Confidence Scale (H. M. Lips, 1984). An instrument was developed to measure childrearing beliefs. The study found a small but significant correlation between childrearing beliefs and perceived parental self-efficacy. Analysis of the subscales of the measure of childrearing beliefs revealed that the subscale measuring the dimension of enjoyment/aggravation regarding the parental role was most closely related to mothers' feelings of self-efficacy. Thus mothers who enjoyed their role as parents also felt positive about their parenting capabilities. Suggestions for further research are discussed. (Contains 16 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: First Time Mothers
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (61st, Indianapolis, IN, March 30-April 2, 1995).