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Mothers’ and fathers’ parenting styles and associations with toddlers’ externalizing, internalizing, and adaptive behaviors

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Mothers’ and fathers’ parenting styles and associations with toddlers’ externalizing, internalizing, and adaptive behaviors

Rinaldi, Christina M. and Howe, Nina (2012) Mothers’ and fathers’ parenting styles and associations with toddlers’ externalizing, internalizing, and adaptive behaviors. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 27 (2). pp. 266-273. ISSN 08852006

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2011.08.001

Abstract

The two primary objectives of the present study were to (a) investigate mothers’ and fathers’ reports of their own as well as their partner's parentingstyles, and (b) assess how mothers’ and fathers’ parentingstyles uniquely and jointly predicted toddlers’ externalizing, internalizing, and adaptivebehaviors. Fifty-nine mothers and fathers independently completed the ParentingStyles and Dimension Questionnaire (PDSQ; Robinson, Mandleco, Olsen, & Hart, 2001) and the Behavior Assessment Scale for Children-2 (BASC-2; Reynolds & Kamphaus, 2004). Parents’ self-reports of their parentingstyles were positively correlated with each other for all three parentingstyles (authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive). Comparisons between parents’ reports of their partner's styles with that of the partner's self-reports were positively and moderately correlated for all three parentingstyles. Findings revealed mothers’ and fathers’ self-reported parentingstyles explained 44% of the variance in youngsters’ externalizingbehaviors. In particular, permissive parenting by mothers and authoritarian parenting by fathers uniquely and significantly predicted toddlers’ externalizingbehaviors, while authoritative paternal parenting was predictive of adaptivebehaviors.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Rinaldi, Christina M. and Howe, Nina
Journal or Publication:Early Childhood Research Quarterly
Date:2012
Keywords:Parenting styles, Toddlers, Externalizing, Internalizing, Adaptive behaviors
ID Code:974123
Deposited By:ANDREA MURRAY
Deposited On:11 Jun 2012 13:50
Last Modified:11 Jun 2012 13:50
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