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ERIC Number: ED420402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 8
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Maternal Factors That Impact Interventions with Hard-to-Manage Preschool Children.
Phillips, Marian B.; Judge, Sharon
This qualitative study used a symbolic interactionist framework to examine the perceptions and attitudes of mothers living with preschool children who are considered hard-to-manage because of problematic behavior such as aggression, noncompliance, and hyperactivity. Participating in the study were six mothers whose children were enrolled in Head Start, had documented problematic behavior for at least 4 months, and were currently engaging in highly disruptive behavior. Data collection included interviews, home observations, and videotaped segments of mother and child during routine activities. The time involvement with each participant ranged from 11 to 13 hours. The results suggested that mothers of hard-to-manage children progressed through three phases: (1) mothers' feelings of being imprisoned by their child's misbehavior, including loss of freedom, loss of control, involvement in intervention, feelings of isolation, development of coping strategies, and hypervigilance; (2) mothers' struggles with their identity as parents, often resulting in a perception of herself as a "bad parent"; and (3) mothers' seeking understanding of the misbehavior and searching for ways to resolve the conflict felt in their identity as parents. Based on the findings, it was recommended that approaches to treatment should: (1) focus on family strengths; (2) build and maintain supportive relationships; (3) provide a holistic approach to service delivery; (4) establish support groups run by mothers of hard-to-manage children; (5) establish a system of telephone partners; and (6) develop special interest groups among the mothers. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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