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Parenting Beliefs, Parental Stress, and Social Support Relationships

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The present study built on prior research by examining the relationship of parental stress and social support to parenting beliefs and behaviors. A sample of 87 parents provided their views concerning the importance of parenting characteristics as well as their level of parental stress and perceived social support. These parents completed the Parent Behavior Importance Questionnaire-Revised, as well as the Parenting Stress Index-Short Form, and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. Results reveal that, in general, less parenting stress was related to more positive parenting perceptions and more parenting stress was related to less positive parenting perceptions. Perceived social support was not found to moderate the relationship between parenting stress and parenting perceptions. This study extends prior research regarding parenting in relation to stress by adding the dimension of social support. There are substantial implications for parent education, professional practice, and research.

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Respler-Herman, M., Mowder, B.A., Yasik, A.E. et al. Parenting Beliefs, Parental Stress, and Social Support Relationships. J Child Fam Stud 21, 190–198 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-011-9462-3

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  • Parenting
  • Parent role
  • Parenting stress
  • Parent support
  • Parent education