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Parenting Practices and Child Misbehavior: A Mixed Method Study of Italian Mothers and Children.

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Bombi, AS; Di Norcia, A; Di Giunta, L; Pastorelli, C; Lansford, JE
Published in: Parenting, science and practice
January 2015

The present study uses a mixed qualitative and quantitative method to examine three main research questions: What are the practices that mothers report they use when trying to correct their children's misbehaviors? Are there common patterns of these practices? Are the patterns that emerge related to children's well-being?Italian mother-child dyads (N=103) participated in the study (when children were 8 years of age). At Time 1 (T1), mothers answered open-ended questions about discipline; in addition, measures of maternal physical discipline and rejection and child aggression were assessed in mothers and children at T1, one year later (T2), and two years later (T3).Mothers' answers to open-ended questions about what they would do in three disciplinary situations were classified in six categories: physical or psychological punishment, control, mix of force and reasoning, reasoning, listening, and permissiveness. Cluster analysis yielded 3 clusters: Group 1, Induction (predominant use of reasoning and listening; 74%); Group 2, Punishment (punitive practices and no reasoning; 16%); Group 3, Mixed practices (combination of reasoning and punishment, as well as high control and no listening; 10%). Multiple-group latent growth curves of maternal physical discipline, maternal rejection, and child aggression were implemented to evaluate possible differences in the developmental trends from T1 to T3, as a function of cluster.Qualitative data deepen understanding of parenting because they shed light on what parents think about themselves; their self-descriptions, in turn, help to identify ways of parenting that may have long-lasting consequences for children's adjustment.

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Parenting, science and practice

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1532-7922

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1529-5192

Publication Date

January 2015

Volume

15

Issue

3

Start / End Page

207 / 228

Related Subject Headings

  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 5202 Biological psychology
  • 5201 Applied and developmental psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1608 Sociology
 

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Bombi, A. S., Di Norcia, A., Di Giunta, L., Pastorelli, C., & Lansford, J. E. (2015). Parenting Practices and Child Misbehavior: A Mixed Method Study of Italian Mothers and Children. Parenting, Science and Practice, 15(3), 207–228. https://doi.org/10.1080/15295192.2015.1053326
Bombi, Anna Silvia, Anna Di Norcia, Laura Di Giunta, Concetta Pastorelli, and Jennifer E. Lansford. “Parenting Practices and Child Misbehavior: A Mixed Method Study of Italian Mothers and Children.Parenting, Science and Practice 15, no. 3 (January 2015): 207–28. https://doi.org/10.1080/15295192.2015.1053326.
Bombi AS, Di Norcia A, Di Giunta L, Pastorelli C, Lansford JE. Parenting Practices and Child Misbehavior: A Mixed Method Study of Italian Mothers and Children. Parenting, science and practice. 2015 Jan;15(3):207–28.
Bombi, Anna Silvia, et al. “Parenting Practices and Child Misbehavior: A Mixed Method Study of Italian Mothers and Children.Parenting, Science and Practice, vol. 15, no. 3, Jan. 2015, pp. 207–28. Epmc, doi:10.1080/15295192.2015.1053326.
Bombi AS, Di Norcia A, Di Giunta L, Pastorelli C, Lansford JE. Parenting Practices and Child Misbehavior: A Mixed Method Study of Italian Mothers and Children. Parenting, science and practice. 2015 Jan;15(3):207–228.

Published In

Parenting, science and practice

DOI

EISSN

1532-7922

ISSN

1529-5192

Publication Date

January 2015

Volume

15

Issue

3

Start / End Page

207 / 228

Related Subject Headings

  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 5202 Biological psychology
  • 5201 Applied and developmental psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
  • 1608 Sociology