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Parents' reported use and views of strategies for managing the behaviour of their preschool child


Cuskelly, M and Morris, M and Gilmore, L and Besley, T, Parents' reported use and views of strategies for managing the behaviour of their preschool child, Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40, (2) pp. 99-106. ISSN 1836-9391 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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The aim of the research was two-fold: first, to investigate strategies used by Australian parents to encourage desirable child behaviours and to decrease undesirable behaviours; second, to determine the acceptability and perceived usefulness to parents of various strategies. The research encompassed two studies. In the first study, 152 parents of children aged under six years completed questionnaires to identify their disciplinary practices. In study two, 129 parents reported on the acceptability and perceived effectiveness of various parenting strategies (modelling, ignoring, rewarding and physical punishment) for influencing child behaviour. Most parents in study one reported using techniques consistent with positive parenting strategies. The use of physical punishment was also reported, but predominantly as a secondary method of discipline. In study two, the techniques of modelling and rewarding were found to be more acceptable to parents than were ignoring and smacking. The findings highlight the need to raise parental awareness and acceptance of a broader range of positive ways to manage child behaviour.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Child and adolescent development
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Families and family services
UTAS Author:Cuskelly, M (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
ID Code:113487
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-01-04
Last Modified:2017-03-09

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