ERIC Number: ED312086
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-30
Reference Count: N/A
Parenting Priorities: Stability, Change and Impact on Young Children.
Poresky, Robert H.; Hendrix, Charles
The newly developed, 72-item Q-Sort Inventory of Parenting Behaviors was administered to fathers and mothers of 84 young children in a 3-year longitudinal, cross-sectional study of stability and change in parents' child rearing priorities and the impact of the stability and change on child development during the first 5 years of life. Parents of infants showed more changes in their priorities than parents of preschoolers. Differences in parenting of infants and preschoolers were reflected in 15 highly significant infant-preschooler Q-Sort priority differences. Significant correlations were found between the first-year Q-Sort items and the third-year Denver Developmental Screening Test scores for both mothers and fathers. Similar longitudinal correlations were found between the parental Q-Sort items and the McCarthy General Cognitive Index scores. Analyses of parent priorities in this sample revealed elements of stability and expected developmentally appropriate changes in parents' child rearing practices. It is concluded that parenting behaviors affect later cognitive functioning and that the findings support the hypothesis that parenting style changes in response to children's increasing maturity. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Dept. of Human Development and Family Studies.