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

Cuskelly, Monica, Morris, Michelle, Gilmore, Linda, & Besley, Tracey (2015) 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.

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Abstract

The aim of the research was two-fold: firstly, to investigate strategies used by Australian parents to encourage desirable child behaviours and to decrease undesirable behaviours; secondly, 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 2, 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 1 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 2, 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.

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ID Code: 73222
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: parenting, parenting strategies, acceptability
ISSN: 1836-9391
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Early Childhood Australia Inc.
Deposited On: 14 Aug 2014 00:34
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 04:31

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