Boys' and girls' reports of maternal and paternal behavior

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Reports of parent behavior on a number of scales, measuring various aspects of nurturance and control, were analyzed on 2 samples. Differences between maternal and paternal behavior were highly consistent between the 2 samples, suggesting that these roles may be stable across samples differing in age and social class. Mothers appear to be consistently perceived as more nurturant and as more controlling through indirect, covert methods by both boys and girls. Differences between boys' and girls' reports of mother and of father were different for all comparisons in both samples, suggesting that there may be an interaction between 2 or more of the following variables: sex of parent, sex of child, age of child, social class, and religious affiliation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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