Maternal perception of maladjustment in clinic-referred children: An extension of earlier research


Journal Article

The purpose of the present study was to extend earlier research examining predictors of maternal perceptions of maladjustment in clinic-referred children. Forty-five mothers and their clinic-referred children served as subjects. Maternal perceptions of child maladjustment were measured by the Parent Attitude Test. Maternal depression, marital adjustment, and family socioeconomic status were determined by the Beck Depression Inventory, Locke Marital Adjustment Test, and Myers and Bean index of social status, respectively. Child compliance and child deviant behavior (other than noncompliance) were obtained in home observations collected by independent observers. The results indicated that maternal depression was the best predictor of maternal perception of children. The remaining variables failed to contribute to the multiple regression analyses. Separate analyses also were performed on males and females and different predictor variables emerged for the two groups. © 1982 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Forehand, R; Wells, KC; McMahon, RJ; Griest, D; Rogers, T

Published Date

  • June 1, 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 151

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3505

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0164-0305

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF01321388

Citation Source

  • Scopus