ERIC Number: EJ959177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
Measuring Attitudes toward Acceptable and Unacceptable Parenting Practices
Budd, Karen S.; Behling, Steven; Li, Yan; Parikshak, Sangeeta; Gershenson, Rachel A.; Feuer, Rachel; Danko, Christina M.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v21 n2 p247-261 Apr 2012
This study investigated the properties of a new rating instrument, the Parenting Questionnaire (PQ), designed to measure attitudes about acceptable and unacceptable parenting practices. In Study 1, subject matter experts representing culturally diverse psychologists, parents, and college students were consulted to identify 110 items receiving high endorsement. In Study 2, items were administered to 1,398 undergraduate students to examine their factor structure and the effects of ethnicity and gender differences on PQ factors. In Study 3, test-retest reliability (N = 92) and convergent validity (N = 142) of the PQ factors were examined. Exploratory factor analysis revealed three factors (total of 63 items) with high internal consistencies that accounted for a moderate amount of total variance (R[superscript 2] = 0.38). The factors were Critical Feedback (26 items), Supportive Feedback (26 items), and Physical Discipline (11 items). Significant ethnicity and gender differences were found on the three PQ factors, as well as a significant interaction between ethnicity and gender on the Supportive Feedback factor. PQ factor scores demonstrated good temporal stability, internal consistency, and convergent validity. Overall findings suggest that the PQ is a reliable, stable, and valid measure of attitudes toward parenting with three distinct factors. Future research directions with parents are discussed.
Descriptors: Expertise, Feedback (Response), Undergraduate Students, Ethnicity, Psychologists, Parenting Styles, Validity, Child Rearing, Factor Structure, Factor Analysis, Attitude Measures, Questionnaires, Cultural Differences, Parent Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Counselor Attitudes, Scores, Gender Differences, Discipline, Measures (Individuals)
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