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n IFE PsychologIA : An International Journal - Mothers' self- evaluation, attribution in parenting and coping strategies on child externalizing behaviour in Ibadan, Nigeria

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Abstract

This study investigated the influence of mother's self- evaluation, attribution in parenting and coping strategies on children's (age 2-6 years) externalizing behaviour. Two hundred (200) nursing mothers with a mean age of 30.25, (SD 10.67) years were randomly selected for the study. Data was collected using self-administered questionnaires. Independent t-test and multiple regression analyses were used to test the hypotheses. <br>The result indicates that children whose mothers report low selfevaluation showed significantly higher externalizing behaviour than children whose mothers reported high self-evaluation (t 198=18.581, p<. 05. Children whose mothers reported external attribution in parenting showed more externalizing behaviour (mean =34.94) than children whose mothers reported internal attribution in parenting (mean = 29.75 t 198 = -7.547, P<. 05). Mothers' self-evaluation, attribution in parenting and coping strategies had significant joint effect on children's externalizing behaviour (F 7, 167 =14.682; p<. 007). Also self-evaluation (F 1, 167 = 6.411 p <. 012) and attribution in parenting (F 1, 167 = 9.485 p&lt; .002) had significant main effect on child externalizing behaviour. <br>It was concluded that mothers should have a better understanding of their roles as parents to reduce tendency for externalizing behaviour in children. There is a need for individuals going into parenthood to have basic knowledge of child development and child management skills through appropriate parenting programmes to ensure positive future adult lives for their children.

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2005-01-01
2016-12-04
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