ERIC Number: ED145306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Relationships Among Children's Perceptions of Parent Behavior, Parents' Inferences of Their Children's Perceptions, and Parents' Self-Perceptions.
Michaels, Gerald Y.; And Others
This research examined the degree of correspondence between children's perceptions of their parents' caregiving behavior, those parents' self-perceptions, and the parents' inferences about how their behavior would be perceived by their child. Eighty child (seven-year-olds) parent pairs completed modified Bronfenbrenner Parent Behavior Questionnaires, designed to elicit their perceptions and inferences about the parents' behavior with the child. Parents' and children's responses were compared on three composite measures, based on the result of a factor analysis of the responses to the questionnaire: Loving, Punishing, and Demanding parent behavior. Significant (or marginally significant) mean differences were found between children's perceptions and parents' self-perceptions, between children's perceptions and parents' inferences, and between parents' self-perceptions and parents' inferences on all three BPB factor composites. Results of a correlation analysis generally confirmed a conclusion that there was little correspondence between children's and parents' measures. The findings were discussed in terms of the possible importance of a lack of agreement between parents' and children's judgments about parent caregiving behavior for parent-child interaction and communication. (Author)
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Behavioral Science Research, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Communication (Thought Transfer), Interaction Process Analysis, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Perception, Responses
Gerald Y. Michaels, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Computer Inst. for Social Science Research.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, Illinois, May 5-7, 1977)