College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Parents' and preschool children's choices of disciplinary childrearing methods

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1982

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology

ISSN

0193-3973

Volume

3

Abstract

Forty preschoolers individually were shown a videotape containing six 30-second scenes depicting common parent/child conflicts. The children were asked to tell the experimenter what they would do if they were the parent on the tape, and what their own parents would do if this happened at home. In addition, 15 mothers of these children were selected randomly to view the same scenes and to indicate their choice of conflict resolution methods. Taped responses of parents and children were then coded as verbal/physical coercion or no coercion. Results indicated that preschoolers tended to choose disciplinary actions in accordance with their perceptions of their parents' manner of dealing with the same situation, and also revealed a high congruence between parent and child on consequences for discipline. The implications of these findings are discussed in relation to the development of childrearing methods at an early age and the intergenerational transmission of family violence.

DOI

10.1016/0193-3973(82)90027-2

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