ERIC Number: ED149234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Maternal Reactions to Problem Behaviors and Ordinal Position of Child.
Schaefer, Rosalind; Coie, John D.
The subjects of this study were mothers of 8-year-old and 14-year-old boys. Each mother was presented with six vignettes, four of them depicting moderately severe problem behaviors and two of them more severe problems. Mothers rated each on: (1) how serious a problem it was; (2) what might have caused it; (3) how they would attempt to deal with it; (4) how confident they were about being able to deal with it; and (5) how likely they were to seek help from outside the family. Although not precluding the possibility of real behavioral differences between first-born and later-born children (especially boys), the data suggest that a mother's lack of experience in dealing with problem behaviors is a major factor in accounting for the greater utilization of child mental health services by first-born children. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (San Francisco, California, August 26-30, 1977)