A longitudinal examination of mothers' and fathers' social information processing biases and harsh discipline in nine countries

Jennifer E. Lansford, Darren Woodlief, Patrick S. Malone, Paul Oburu, Concetta Pastorelli, Ann T. Skinner, Emma Sorbring, Sombat Tapanya, Liliana Maria Uribe Tirado, Arnaldo Zelli, Suha M. Al-Hassan, Liane Peña Alampay, Dario Bacchini, Anna Silvia Bombi, Marc H. Bornstein, Lei Chang, Kirby Deater-Deckard, Laura Di Giunta, Kenneth A. Dodge

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This study examined whether parents' social information processing was related to their subsequent reports of their harsh discipline. Interviews were conducted with mothers (n = 1,277) and fathers (n = 1,030) of children in 1,297 families in nine countries (China, Colombia, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, the Philippines, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States), initially when children were 7 to 9 years old and again 1 year later. Structural equation models showed that parents' positive evaluations of aggressive responses to hypothetical childrearing vignettes at Time 1 predicted parents' self-reported harsh physical and nonphysical discipline at Time 2. This link was consistent across mothers and fathers, and across the nine countries, providing support for the universality of the link between positive evaluations of harsh discipline and parents' aggressive behavior toward children. The results suggest that international efforts to eliminate violence toward children could target parents' beliefs about the acceptability and advisability of using harsh physical and nonphysical forms of discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-573
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopment and Psychopathology
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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A longitudinal examination of mothers' and fathers' social information processing biases and harsh discipline in nine countries. / Lansford, Jennifer E.; Woodlief, Darren; Malone, Patrick S.; Oburu, Paul; Pastorelli, Concetta; Skinner, Ann T.; Sorbring, Emma; Tapanya, Sombat; Tirado, Liliana Maria Uribe; Zelli, Arnaldo; Al-Hassan, Suha M.; Alampay, Liane Peña; Bacchini, Dario; Bombi, Anna Silvia; Bornstein, Marc H.; Chang, Lei; Deater-Deckard, Kirby; Di Giunta, Laura; Dodge, Kenneth A.

In: Development and Psychopathology, Vol. 26, No. 3, 01.01.2014, p. 561-573.

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Lansford, JE, Woodlief, D, Malone, PS, Oburu, P, Pastorelli, C, Skinner, AT, Sorbring, E, Tapanya, S, Tirado, LMU, Zelli, A, Al-Hassan, SM, Alampay, LP, Bacchini, D, Bombi, AS, Bornstein, MH, Chang, L, Deater-Deckard, K, Di Giunta, L & Dodge, KA 2014, 'A longitudinal examination of mothers' and fathers' social information processing biases and harsh discipline in nine countries', Development and Psychopathology, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 561-573. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579414000236
Lansford, Jennifer E. ; Woodlief, Darren ; Malone, Patrick S. ; Oburu, Paul ; Pastorelli, Concetta ; Skinner, Ann T. ; Sorbring, Emma ; Tapanya, Sombat ; Tirado, Liliana Maria Uribe ; Zelli, Arnaldo ; Al-Hassan, Suha M. ; Alampay, Liane Peña ; Bacchini, Dario ; Bombi, Anna Silvia ; Bornstein, Marc H. ; Chang, Lei ; Deater-Deckard, Kirby ; Di Giunta, Laura ; Dodge, Kenneth A. / A longitudinal examination of mothers' and fathers' social information processing biases and harsh discipline in nine countries. In: Development and Psychopathology. 2014 ; Vol. 26, No. 3. pp. 561-573.
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