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ERIC Number: EJ907780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Clinic-Referred Mothers' Autobiographical Narratives as Markers of Their Parenting Styles
Rowinski, Katherine S.; Wahler, Robert G.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v19 n6 p714-719 Dec 2010
Forty clinic-referred mothers completed questionnaires describing their children's problems and the mothers' parenting styles. In addition, each mother told three stories about their personal experiences in child care and one story about being cared for in their families of origin. Each story was transcribed and rated for coherence on six dimensions describing narrative clarity and richness. Results showed the narrative ratings to be fairly reliable and internally consistent, and the questionnaires proved to be psychometrically sound except for one of the parenting style scales that we dropped from further data analyses. Results showed the two remaining scales (authoritative and authoritarian styles) covaried with mothers' reports about problems with their children. Correlations between mothers' narrative coherence scores and their parenting style scores showed mixed results: authoritative style was not correlated with narrative coherence, but authoritarian style was negatively correlated with this narrative measure. Regression analyses using the six coherence scales and the authoritarian style scale showed the causality scale to account for most of the variance in authoritarian style. We speculated on the nature of this latter covariation. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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