Parent discipline practices in an international sample: associations with child behaviors and moderation by perceived normativeness.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study examined the associations of 11 discipline techniques with children's aggressive and anxious behaviors in an international sample of mothers and children from 6 countries and determined whether any significant associations were moderated by mothers' and children's perceived normativeness of the techniques. Participants included 292 mothers and their 8- to 12-year-old children living in China, India, Italy, Kenya, Philippines, and Thailand. Parallel multilevel and fixed effects models revealed that mothers' use of corporal punishment, expressing disappointment, and yelling were significantly related to more child aggression symptoms, whereas giving a time-out, using corporal punishment, expressing disappointment, and shaming were significantly related to greater child anxiety symptoms. Some moderation of these associations was found for children's perceptions of normativeness.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gershoff, ET; Grogan-Kaylor, A; Lansford, JE; Chang, L; Zelli, A; Deater-Deckard, K; Dodge, KA

Published Date

  • March 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 81 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 487 - 502

PubMed ID

  • 20438455

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2888480

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-8624

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-3920

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01409.x


  • eng