ERIC Number: ED208332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Altering a Parent's Perception of Child Behavior by Environmental Factors.
McCuan, Richard A.; Lloyd, Paul J.
The perceptual process involved in parental guidance and discipline of children may be sensitive to distortion by aversive environmental conditions. Married couples (N=24) completed a written interview to examine the relationship between exposure to disruptive life-events and a parent's ability to discern different types of child misbehaviors. Results revealed that fathers demonstrated a weaker discrimination of child misbehaviors and were more affected by stress. The findings suggest that problems in parent-child interaction may be due to the probability that a distortion in the perception of child misbehaviors often leads to response discrepancies. A parent may respond the same way to more serious misbehaviors as to less serious ones and vice-versa. The mother and father must also reconcile perceptual differences before they can be consistent in response to the child. Additionally, the findings support a shift from emphasizing psychopathological models in understanding family problems to a more general approach including environmental, situational, economic, historical, and personality factors. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (53rd, Detroit, MI, April 30-May 2, 1981).