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Parenting behaviour described by mothers in a general population sample

Thompson, Margaret J.J., Raynor, Alex, Cornah, Deborah, Stevenson, Jim and Sonuga-Barke, Edmund J.S. (2002) Parenting behaviour described by mothers in a general population sample Child: Care, Health and Development, 28, (2), pp. 149-155. (doi:10.1046/j.1365-2214.2002.00258.x).

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Objectives: To collect mothers' reports of the range of behaviours used by them in the management of their children's difficult behaviour.
Design: A cross-sectional study using an interview with both semi-structured and open-ended question routes.
Sampling frame: The population of mothers with 10-year-old children living in the New Forest region of Hampshire, UK.
Methods: Mothers (n = 67), selected from the sampling frame, were interviewed about the range of parenting behaviours they used in the management of their children's difficult behaviour.
Results: Mothers reported a wide range of behaviours. Both authoritative (e.g. reasoning was mentioned by 42%) and authoritarian (e.g. the use of physical punishment was mentioned by 37%) behaviours were mentioned frequently. Although the different behaviours within these domains were intercorrelated, there was little overlap between the two domains. The use of praise for good behaviour seemed to be independent of other behaviours. There was no association between mothers' parenting behaviours and the behaviour problems of their children.
Conclusions: These data suggest that parenting takes many forms, with variations of behaviour across the 'normal' range being unlikely to represent a significant risk to children's development. Public funding for parenting education should be targeted at those children who are at significant risk from extreme forms of parenting.

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Published date: 2002
Keywords: parenting, mothers, physical discipline, behaviour problems, parent education
Organisations: Clinical Neurosciences


Local EPrints ID: 18387
ISSN: 0305-1862
PURE UUID: df4a55a2-22fc-4e75-94b4-876c9f996050

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Date deposited: 06 Jan 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:36

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Author: Margaret J.J. Thompson
Author: Alex Raynor
Author: Deborah Cornah
Author: Jim Stevenson
Author: Edmund J.S. Sonuga-Barke

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