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Title:Parental Caregiving Cognitive Control Complexity: A New Construct for Understanding Parental Caregiving Behavior and Caregiving Identity Commitment
Author(s):Hansen, David Mark
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Pleck,Joseph H.
Department / Program:Human and Community Development
Discipline:Human and Community Development
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Abstract:Prior research has identified parental cognitions as a potentially important aspect of parenting. This exploratory study proposes Parental Caregiving Cognitive Control Complexity (PC4) as a new construct concerning parental cognitions. PC4 was assessed in both mothers and fathers among 29 couples (N = 58) with a preschool aged child using a semi-structured interview format. Associations of PC4 to parental gender, caregiving identity commitment, and self-reported caregiving involvement were investigated. Mothers' and fathers' means on PC4 were almost identical. Higher PC4 was associated with caregiving identity commitment for both fathers and mothers. Among fathers, PC4 was negatively associated with their self-reported caregiving involvement. This research advances prior research on parental cognitions by establishing associations between PC4 and both parental identity and self-reported parental involvement.
Issue Date:2001
Description:110 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3017091
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2001

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