Title

Parental Ratings of Children’s Behavior in Relation to Parental Psychological Symptoms and Interparental Conflict

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2014

Keywords

Child behavior problems, Interparental conflict, Parental ratings, Psychological symptoms

Abstract

Objective This study examined mothers' and fathers' ratings of their own child's emotional/behavioral problems and those of a child whom they did not know in relation to parental psychological symptoms and interparental conflict Design Seventy-nine mothers and seventy-one fathers were randomly assigned to watch a video of a child actor and were asked to rate the child actor's behavior, their psychological symptoms, their level of interparental conflict, and their child's behavior.Results Analyses showed that mothers' and fathers' level of psychological symptoms and level of interparental conflict were not related to the ratings of the child actor's behavior. However, mothers' and fathers' psychological symptoms were significantly related to ratings of their own child's behavior problems. In addition, there were significant correlations between mothers' ratings of the child actor and their own child's behavior. Conclusion Overall, these results suggest that parental psychological symptoms are related to their ratings of their own children but not other children's behavior. Results are discussed in the context of the assessment process for children's emotional/behavioral problems.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Parental Ratings of Children’s Behavior in Relation to Parental Psychological Symptoms and Interparental Conflict, in N. Gotsiridze-Columbus (Ed.), Family Conflicts: Psychological, Social, and Medical Implications, Nova Science Publishers, p. 79-98

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