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ERIC Number: ED310849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Intensity and Sequence of Parental Discipline in High-Risk Families.
Cone, Lynn T.; And Others
Purposes of this study were to assess: (1) the manner in which parents modify their choice of discipline when dealing with continuing child noncompliance; (2) the relation of family risk for delinquent behavior to parental intensity of discipline with adolescents and their younger siblings; and (3) parental ratings of intensity of discipline in four disciplinary situations. A total of 29 mother-adolescent-sibling triads from father-absent families participated in the study. In 13 of the families, the adolescent had a history of delinquent behavior. Assessment was conducted in the family home by trained interviewers. Mothers rated both children on the Revised Behavior Problem Checklist and on a modified version of the Intensity of Parental Punishment Scale. Each mother indicated how she would respond to the first, second, and third occurrences of each of 33 misbehaviors. Results showed that mothers in both high- and low-risk families responded to noncompliance at hypothetically different times with increasingly intense discipline. Moreover, this pattern was evident in each of the discipline situations: misbehavior in school, crying, cruelty to children and animals, and misbehavior in public. Mothers in low-risk families chose higher intensities of discipline for the younger siblings in school-related situations than did mothers in high-risk families. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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