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Title: Childhood onset conduct problems : the role of mothers' interpersonal schemas and their relationship to parenting behaviour
Author: de la Morandière, Joanne Potier
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2004
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This study examines the relationship between mothers' interpersonal schemas and parenting behaviour in two groups of mother-son dyads, those with conduct problems and those without. Research has shown that implementation of, and parental engagement with, current interventions of choice for childhood onset conduct problems may be improved by the addition of a component that addresses parents’ thoughts or beliefs (White, McNally & Cartwright-Hatton, 2003). However, little research has yet explored the nature and content of these beliefs and their relationship to parenting behaviours. Based on interpersonal schema theory (Safran, 1990a, 1990b; Safran & Segal, 1990) and findings from behavioural, attachment and cognitive research, this cross-sectional study investigates the role of mothers’ interpersonal schemas in childhood onset conduct problems. A sample of 32 mothers and their 7 to 11 year old sons were recruited from primary schools on the basis of their responses to two screening questionnaires. Mothers were assessed by self-report questionnaire regarding their current mood state, level of parenting stress and interpersonal schemas, and mother-son dyads were observed engaging in two structured parent-child interaction tasks. Differences were found between the two groups in parenting warmth and negativity and in child-related interpersonal schemas. However, no relationship was found between schemas and parenting. The results are discussed in relation to the relevant literatures concerning interpersonal schemas, parent-child interaction, attachment and parental cognitions. Clinical and research implications of the findings are also discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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