An investigation of the interrelations of attributional bias, life stress, and social support in predicting coercive mother-son interactions

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Barry Scott Arbuckle (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carol E. MacKinnon

Abstract: The purpose of this investigation was to examine the interrelations between mothers’ and children's negative attributions about intent and coercive mother-son interactions. The extant literature focuses primarily on adult attributions about adults, adult attributions about children, or on children's attributions about their peers. In all of these studies, attributions about an actor's intent are correlated with behavior. The current study sought to explore these relations between parents and children as they interpret the other's behavior. Moreover, contributions of negative life events and social support were also investigated. Sixty-three mother-son dyads were interviewed in a semi-structured forget designed to assess attributions about intent. The subjects also completed questionnaires about the prevalence, direction, and salience of life events as well as their utilization of social supports. Finally, the dyads were observed interacting in two different tasks (one cooperative and one competitive) designed to elicit a wide range of prosocial and agonistic behaviors.

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Language: English
Date: 1989
Mothers and sons $v Case studies
Mother and child

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