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Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 247–256 | Cite as

Family adjustment, parental attitudes, and social desirability

  • Elizabeth A. Robinson
  • Linda L. Anderson
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Abstract

This study examines the role of social desirability response set on the report of marital adjustment, child adjustment, and parenting attitudes. Results from 69 married couples closely replicate previous self-report findings suggesting that the more positive the report of marital adjustment, the fewer the number of child problem behaviors endorsed by parents (r=− .19(69), p < .05). When social desirability is controlled, however, the marital-child adjustment relationship is nonsignificant. Previous reports of a global relationship between marital and child adjustment may have been inflated by individual differences in willingness to endorse problems on self-report measures. Parenting attitudes are not associated with social desirability or marital adjustment. Warmth, but not authoritarianism, is negatively correlated with child behavior problems in the home (r=− .25(69), p < .01). The authors propose that family interaction research use a multimethod strategy to focus on circumscribed variables that influence marital and parenting behavior.

Keywords

Individual Difference Behavior Problem Social Desirability Child Behavior Parenting Behavior 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth A. Robinson
    • 1
  • Linda L. Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniverstiy of WashingtonSeattle

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