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Mothers' Perceptions of Their Competence in Managing Selected Parenting Tasks

Cathryn Brackett Ballenski and Alicia S. Cook
Family Relations
Vol. 31, No. 4 (Oct., 1982), pp. 489-494
DOI: 10.2307/583923
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/583923
Page Count: 6
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Mothers' Perceptions of Their Competence in Managing Selected Parenting Tasks
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Abstract

Mothers' perceptions of their competence in managing selected parenting tasks were examined for five stages of parenting (Infancy, Toddlerhood, Preschool, Schoolage, and Adolescence). Subjects were selected from a list of mothers who had scheduled appointments for their children at a private pediatric office. Overall, these mothers reported feeling highly competent in most areas of parenting; however, each stage presented unique challenges. Mothers of adolescents felt the least comfortable about their effectiveness in their parenting role. The findings are discussed with regard to their implications for parent education programs.

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