Pre-adolescent peer status as a function of the compatibility of maternal and child temperament, and of mothers' ability to cope with stress

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Susan Katherine Thompson-Pope (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Susan P. Keane

Abstract: This dissertation examined several aspects of parenting behavior which may play an important role in the child's social and emotional development. The purpose of the study was to expand existing knowledge of differential family relations among children who are of Popular, Average, and Rejected peer status. Although mothers of unpopular children did not report significantly more use of maladaptive coping strategies for dealing with stress, they were found to be more negative in their interactions with their children during a mildly stressful problem solving task. In addition, mothers degree of satisfaction with the child's temperament was predictive of peer status. These findings provide support for the hypothesis that a child's ability to become accepted by peers may be reflective of aspects of the mother-child relationship.

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Language: English
Date: 1990
Mother and child
Stress (Psychology)

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