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NCJ Number: 157544 Find in a Library
Title: Parental Problem-Solving Measure: Further Evaluation With Maltreating and Nonmaltreating Parents
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:10  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:319-336
Author(s): D J Hansen; G M Pallotta; J S Christopher; R L Conaway; L M Lundquist
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Inability to solve problems related to parenting and other aspects of daily living was hypothesized to result in frustration or inability to cope and contribute to the occurrence of problem parent behavior.
Abstract: The study evaluated the Parental Problem-Solving Measure (PPSM), a procedure for measuring parental problem-solving skills of maltreating and nonmaltreating parents. Subjects included 60 parents with at least one child between 2 and 12 years of age and were assigned to one of three groups: (1) 27 physically abusive and/or neglectful parents; (2) 12 nonmaltreatment clinic parents seeking help for child behavior problems; and (3) 21 nonmaltreating, non-help-seeking community parents. Results demonstrated interrater reliability, internal consistency, and temporal stability of the PPSM and its subscales. Support was also provided for the measure's convergent and discriminant validity. Study findings suggest that remediating problem-solving deficits of abusing parents may be an important intervention strategy. 31 references and 5 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Child abuse; Child victims; Conflict resolution; Criminology; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Juvenile statistics; Problem behavior
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