Perceived parental inconsistency as a factor in the emotional development of behaviour-disordered children

Brand H.J. ; Crous B.H. ; Hanekom J.D.M. (1990)


55 English-speaking institutionalized adolescents (37 boys and 18 girls between ages of 14 and 19 yr.) were given questionnaires measuring perceived parental inconsistency and different components of emotional development. Canonical correlation analysis indicated that a significant proportion (51%) of the variation in emotional adjustment was accounted for by parental inconsistency. It is suggested that the efficiency of using parents as agents of change for their behaviour-disordered children can be enhanced by including theory on parental inconsistency in program content.

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