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ERIC Number: ED363409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 12
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A Situational Approach to Assessing Parenting Competency.
Orrell, Joan K.
A 25-item taxonomy of problematic situations that commonly occur between mothers and their 6- to 8-year-old children was developed and evaluated systematically. Seven situation types emerged from a combined empirical and rational analysis. The taxonomy was then administered to 93 mothers who were asked how they would respond in each situation, and what they thought would be the short- and long-term behavioral outcomes of their disciplinary behavior. The children's classroom teachers assessed the degree to which the children experienced difficulty in peer interactions. A paradoxical effect was found. Mothers' use of coercive strategies was often as effective as non-coercive strategies in achieving child compliance in the short term. However, in the long-term, mothers' use of coercion was correlated with child noncompliance and with teacher-rated child social maladjustment. This dual finding contributes to an understanding of why mothers might perpetuate certain incompetent parenting practices. The taxonomic instrument developed and validated here may prove useful in future research on parenting and in clinical use. (Author/MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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