Children's perceptions of parenting practices

Dunn M. ; Keet N. (2012)


This qualitative research examined primary school children's perceptions of parenting practices in a rural South African region. Explorative research with 211 middle-childhood children was conducted using semi-structured interviews, Junior Rotter Incomplete Sentences, drawings and focus groups. Participants from the lower socio-economic stratum presented with a lack of social skills, a feeling of inferiority and low self-esteem. Participants from the higher socio-economic stratum presented with a different quality of life reflected by social competence, access to resources, clear communication with parents and familial cohesion. It is concluded that children's perceptions regarding parenting practices are impacted upon by their socio-economic environments.

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