A comparison of direct and spontaneous methods for assessing parental attributions


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Abstract

Objectives.The study aim was to test whether spontaneous parental attributions were more closely related to parental attributions reported after a third child non-compliance, than to those reported after the first non-compliance.Methods.Twenty-six parents completed two attributional measures. Direct attributions were measured using Dopke and Milner's procedure where a vignette describing child non-compliance is presented three times and attributions elicited after the first and third non-compliance. Spontaneous attributions were elicited during interview and coded using the Leeds Attributional Coding System.Results.Spontaneous attributions were no more associated with parental attributions after the third child non-compliance than with those reported after the first.Conclusion.The results suggest that the measures may be assessing different aspects of parental cognition.

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