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ERIC Number: ED519592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 126
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-0245-7
Internalizing Mental Health Disorders: Examining the Connection between Children's Symptoms and Parent Involvement and Autonomy Support
Walsh, Anne
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Loyola University Chicago
The primary purpose of this study is to examine the connection between parent involvement and autonomy support, as well as the combined construct of autonomy supportive parent involvement, with internalized mental health symptoms. A secondary purpose of this study is to determine how certain parent demographics relate to attitudes and behaviors towards both parent involvement and autonomy support. Similarly, this study seeks to examine how certain how student demographics relate to internalized mental health symptoms. The participants in this study were parents with one or more children in grades K-8 at three different schools in the suburbs of a large Midwestern city. Participants completed an online survey consisting of Grolnick, Deci, and Ryan's (1997) Perceptions of Parents Scale (POPS), Epstein and Salina's (1993) "School and Family Partnerships: Survey of Parents of Elementary and Middle Grades," and Thomas Achenbach's (2001) Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) for Ages 6-18. The results of this study indicate that a significant relationship does not exist between parent involvement and internalized mental health symptoms. Similarly, a significant relationship does not exist between autonomy support and internalized mental health symptoms. These results of this study refutes the common concern noted by school personnel that over-involved parents lead to higher anxiety levels in students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Kindergarten; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist