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ERIC Number: ED307058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 10
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Parental Selection of Responses to Misbehavior: The Case of Physical Punishment.
Holden, George W.
Mothers' behavioral intentions about using physical punishment were examined to reveal influences on their selection of responses to child misbehaviors. Participants were 55 middle-class, mostly college-educated mothers of 3-to-4-year-old children. A total of 31 children were girls. Mothers operated a computer program which presented, in a random order, 12 common child misbehaviors. Misbehaviors, which occurred in public and private, concerned breaking rules, aggression, taking others' property, and temper tantrums. Mothers estimated how often their children engaged in each misbehavior and the likelihood that they would respond to their children's misbehavior with reasoning, a time-out, or physical punishment. A 30-item attitude questionnaire was used to assign mothers into attitude groups. Mothers were classified as having positive, ambivalent, or negative attitudes toward physical punishment. Findings indicate that for most mothers, both the distal variable of attitude toward physical punishment and the proximate variables of immediate considerations need to be studied if an understanding of parental behavioral intentions and behavior is to be reached. Findings also suggest that the relationship between distal and proximate variables is not necessarily isomorphic. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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