ERIC Number: ED149530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Stress Affects Maternal Punitiveness: A Model for Investigating Child Abuse.
Passman, Richard H.; Mulhern, Raymond K.
Ten mothers and their children (4 to 8 years old) interacted in a situation analogous to that thought to precipitate child abuse. Without directly observing the child, each mother telemetrically monitored her child's performance on a puzzle. Following an error, she selected the intensity of punishment to be delivered. However, the frequency of errors was electromechanically generated independent of the child's performance. Concurrently, mothers worked on another task unrelated to the child where the magnitude and ambiguity of response demands were manipulated. Maternal punitiveness was directly related to both the external response demands and the frequency of interruptions (the child's errors) which necessitated administering discipline. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the American Psychological Association (85th, San Francisco, California, August, 1977)