Exploring parenting practices, clinical symptomatology, self-regulation, and personality in a preschool population

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Shana Ingram (Creator)
Institution
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Advisor
Cathy Grist

Abstract: Research related to problem behaviors in childhood should occur during the preschool period because children are extremely susceptible to risk factors related to internalizing and externalizing behaviors during this time due to a heightened sensitivity to adverse events and change. Past research has found associations between internalizing and externalizing behaviors, harsh parenting practices, inconsistent parenting practices, and decreased self-regulatory abilities. In addition, research has shown that decreased problem behaviors are related to positive parenting practices and increased self-regulation. Certain personality factors have been previously correlated with self-regulation. Therefore, the present study focused on parenting practices, clinical symptomatology, child self-regulation, and child personality with regards to the presence of problem behaviors in preschoolers. Data for this study were collected from preschool teachers, who completed the PreBERS and ASEBA: C-TRF on the children in their classrooms, and from caregivers, who completed the APQ-PR and M5-PS-35 on their child. Results showed that parenting practices were not related to symptomatology as expected, and that, surprisingly, positive parenting was negatively correlated with self-regulation. As predicted, self-regulation was negatively correlated with symptomatology, however, no associations were found between personality factors and self-regulation. Self-regulation was also not found to be a moderator of punitive parenting and internalizing or externalizing behaviors.

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Publication
Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2018
Keywords
Clinical psychology, Developmental psychology

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