Parental ratings of children's behavior in relation to parental psychological symptoms and interparental conflict

Jessica C. Hankinson, Vicky Phares

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFamily Conflicts
Subtitle of host publicationPsychological, Social and Medical Implications
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages79-98
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781612093765
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • Child behavior problems.
  • Interparental conflict
  • Parental ratings
  • Psychological symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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