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Parental views and experiences on child discipline

Maja Hlad (2014) Parental views and experiences on child discipline. Diploma thesis.

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    This thesis is divided in two parts, theoretical and empirical. Theoretical part explains in detail, different methods of disciplining children and ways in which disciplining effects different areas of child development. Furthermore, ways of setting rules and boundaries in a family environment are studied, and disciplinary approaches and ways of reacting towards misbehaving children are examined. Moreover, the theoretical part contains psychological theories about discipline, child behaviour and psychological characteristics of children in early and middle childhood. The empirical part describes my research which I carried out on a sample of 266 parents of children aged three to eleven. I gathered the data with the analysis of open and closed type surveys. I was interested in parents’ experiences and viewpoints on disciplining children. I investigated both preventive and corrective disciplining. Results show a high positive, statistically viable, correlation between the parents’ point of view towards punitive methods of disciplining children and frequent usage of these types of disciplinary tactics. Statistically significant deviations appeared in the frequency of use, of some disciplinary tactics depending on the sex and age of the child, and the sex and education level of the parents. With analysis of data received from my survey I concluded, that the most common disciplining technique that parents use is conversation. I also concluded that parents most commonly reward their children if they follow the established rules and guidelines, if they complete their household chores and in cases when a child achieves a set goal and/or achievement. The most common means of rewards, parents use are candy, praise and purchase of toys. On the other hand the most common means of punishment entail the prohibition of television viewing rights, computer usage and isolation (»time-out«). My research has shown that, rules and boundaries in a family environment are usually set by both parents and most of the parents consider themselves consistent in enforcing the set rules and boundaries.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: disciplining, children, boundaries, rules, reward, punishment
    Number of Pages: 128
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Alenka PolakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10127433)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2287
    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2014 08:52
    Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 08:52
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2287

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