Parenting Styles and Levels of Motivation in Down Syndrome Children

Author: Jamila Kausar 

Supervisor: Dr. Iram Fatima

Degree: MSc

Year: 2011

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


The objective of present study was to investigate the relationship between parenting styles and motivations of problematic behavior in Down syndrome children. It was hypothesized that authoritative parenting style would be positively related with tangible motivation; authoritarian parenting style would be positively related with escape motivation and permissive parenting style would be positively related with social attention motivation. Correlation research design was used. Sample was drawn by using non probability purposive sampling strategy. The sample was composed of sixty mothers of Down Syndrome children. PDSQ (Parenting styles and Dimensions questionnaire) and MAS (Motivation Assessment Scale) was administered on mothers of children with Down Syndrome. Results showed that there was a positive relationship between authoritarian parenting style and tangible motivation. Parenting styles were not found to be related with any other motivation.

Keywords: parenting styles, motivation, down syndrome, problematic behavior.

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