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ERIC Number: EJ870980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1537-4416
Understanding Preemptive Parenting: Relations with Toddlers' Misbehavior, Overreactive and Lax Discipline, and Praise
Dowling, Carey Bernini; Slep, Amy M. Smith; O'Leary, Susan G.
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, v38 n6 p850-857 2009
The relations among preemptive parenting (i.e., a hypothetical set of strategies parents can use prior to child misbehavior that serves to prevent or avoid undesirable child behaviors), dysfunctional discipline, and praise were examined. Forty mother-toddler (M age = 26.15 months, SD = 5.60) dyads interacted in a standard laboratory task designed to elicit misbehavior and discipline. Observational data indicated that preemptive parenting contributed to the prediction of child misbehavior above and beyond the prediction from dysfunctional discipline and praise but did not contribute uniquely to the prediction of mother-reported externalizing behavior problems. Further analyses indicated that child misbehavior mediated the relation between preemptive parenting and overreactive, but not lax, discipline. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist