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Using social cognitive theory to understand meta-parenting in parents of young children


Merrifield, KA and Gambole, WC and Yu, JJ, Using social cognitive theory to understand meta-parenting in parents of young children, Family Science, 6, (1) pp. 362-369. ISSN 1942-4620 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/19424620.2015.1076495


Meta-parenting is a construct that refers to parentsí thought processes as they employ and assess parenting strategies based on their childís behavior and perceptions of his/her developmental course. The present study examined the associations among parenting self-efficacy, positive relational maintenance, parent and child characteristics, and meta-parenting in heterosexual parents of young children. Motherís level of education was positively associated with her maintenance behaviors and fathersí reports of marital maintenance was positively associated with mothersí reports of meta-parenting. Parenting self-efficacy was positively associated with meta-parenting for mothers and fathers. Child characteristics were not associated with meta-parenting. The present study contributes to current knowledge regarding the empirical associations among these variables and meta-parenting cognitions and by adopting a theoretical perspective, or Social Cognitive Theory, as a backdrop for understanding these and other possible influences.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:meta-parenting, parenting self-efficacy, relationship maintenance, social cognitive theory, marriage
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Families and family services
UTAS Author:Yu, JJ (Dr JJ Yu)
ID Code:110171
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Faculty of Education
Deposited On:2016-07-18
Last Modified:2016-09-20

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