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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

An Evaluation of Child Temperament and Parental Discipline: Child Gender and Ethnicity as Potential Moderators

Research has shown that a child’s temperament greatly influences the interactions between parents and young children. Parents who perceive their children as having a “difficult” temperament are likely to be unresponsive towards their children and engage in negative discipline. Perceptions of child temperament are determined by a number of contextual and child characteristics. In this study, child gender and mother’s ethnicity were examined as potential moderators in the relationship between child temperament and the type of parenting the child was likely to receive. The participants consist of families from a “high risk” population group, specifically low-income families that have been exposed to different levels of conflict (especially domestic violence), participating in Project FUTURE, which is an ongoing study being conducted at the Mt. Hope Family Center. Results of this research indicate that the relations between child temperament and parenting behaviors were not affected by child gender or ethnicity.

Presenter: Jane Shelnutt (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 211 Holmes
Time: 3:15 pm (Session IV)