Parental Acceptance, Rejection in Relation to Behavioral Problems in Children

Author: Sehrish Anjum

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Rukhsana Kausar

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2007-2009

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research investigated the relationship between Parental Acceptance-Rejection and Behavioral Problems in children. A Correlation Research Design was used. It was hypothesized that there is a relationship between parental acceptance rejection and Behavioral Problems in children. Sample consisted of 50 special need children and was drawn from Shadab Centre, Multiple disability centers, The Pakistan Society for Rehabilitation of the Disables (PSRD), Autism Institute of Pakistan of Lahore within age range of 4 to 12 years. Each child was administered Urdu Versions of Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire (PARQ) Shortened Version (Rohner, 1997) and their teachers completed the Behavioral Problem Inventory (BPI) Urdu Version (Jessor, 2001). Results indicated that there is no significant relationship between parental acceptance, rejection and behavioral problems in children. Findings revealed that there are no gender difference in mother and father warmth/ affection, indifference/ neglect and undifferentiated rejection and behavioral problems. Results indicated that there are gender differences in mother hostility towards their children and mothers were more hostile towards their sons than daughters.

Keywords: Parental Acceptance-Rejection, Mother Hostility, Behavioral Problems

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