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ERIC Number: EJ794427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1063-4266
Parental Locus of Control and Externalizing Behavior Problems among Mexican American Preschoolers
McCabe, Kristen M.; Goehring, Kelly; Yeh, May; Lau, Anna S.
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v16 n2 p118-126 Jun 2008
Research conducted with non-Hispanic Whites indicates that parents of preschoolers with behavioral problems are more likely to have an external locus of control regarding parenting than parents whose preschoolers are free of such problems. However, it is unclear whether such research can be generalized to Mexican American families, especially given research suggesting that Mexican Americans tend to have a more external locus of control normatively. To address this question, the authors compare parental locus of control (PLOC) among parents of clinic-referred Mexican American preschoolers to parents of nonreferred Mexican American preschoolers. Results demonstrate that referred Mexican American parents exhibited a more external PLOC than nonreferred Mexican American parents across a number of domains. Thus, similar to non-Hispanic Whites, preschoolers' behavioral problems are associated with an external PLOC among Mexican Americans. Implications for the design of culturally sensitive interventions for Mexican American preschoolers with behavior problems are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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