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ERIC Number: ED448366
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 11
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Multimethod Assessment of the Dimensions of Parental Support.
Robins, Andrew; Russ, Sandra
The construct of parental support has been defined and measured from a variety of perspectives with little consistency across studies. The present study investigates the relationships among parents' self-reports, children's perceptions, and observers' ratings of parental support in order to assess the validity of each perspective. In addition, the relationships among parental support variables and children's empathy are examined to provide further validity of parental support constructs. Exploratory factor analysis was conducted to identify dimensions of parental support. Sixty-six fourth and fifth grade boys and their parents participated in the study. The study determined that parents' self-reports related to children's perceived support. Mothers' self-reports related to actual behaviors during parent-child interactions, but fathers' self-reports and children's perceived support generally did not. Observed support related to children's empathy, but parents' and children's reports did not. Factor analysis across measures found dimensions of parental warmth; positive involvement; emotional support; autonomy; and satisfaction. Results support the validity of each perspective on parental support, but suggest that distinct aspects of support may be assessed depending on the gender of the parent and the method of assessment used. (Contains 8 tables and 11 references.) (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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