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Ambul Pediatr. 2004 Mar-Apr;4(2):166-73.

The discipline survey: a new measure of parental discipline.

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Division of Community Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7225, USA. rsocolar@med.unc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To develop a new measure of parental discipline of children encompassing a broad array of types of discipline and modes of administration.

METHODS:

Parents of 12- to 19-month-old children were interviewed using a new 45-item structured survey about discipline in general pediatric clinics in North Carolina and Alabama. Demographic data describing the population studied were linked from another study in which these families were participating. Principal component analysis and confirmatory reliability analysis were used to define subscales and determine which items were retained in the survey.

RESULTS:

One hundred eighty-two parents were interviewed about disciplinary practices. Disciplinary subscales were robust for a number of disciplinary types (monitoring, verbal communication, modeling behavior, corporal punishment, and ignoring) and modes of administration (follow-through, consistency, positive demeanor, negative demeanor).

CONCLUSIONS:

The Discipline Survey is a promising new measure of parental discipline. A survey instrument to assess disciplinary practices like the one developed fills a gap and can enhance research methodology for those interested in the effects of interventions on parental discipline.

PMID:
15018601
DOI:
10.1367/A03-071R1.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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