The interactional teaching patterns of mothers and fathers with their popular, moderately popular, or unpopular children

Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Gerald R. Adams

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The interactional teaching strategies of mothers and fathers toward their sociometrically determined popular, moderately popular, or unpopular children, and children's responses to them were examined during a structured puzzle task in a laboratory setting. Parents of popular children used more explanations in aiding their children to complete the puzzle task than parents of moderately popular or unpopular children. Mothers were more likely to offer suggestions, use explanations, and ask questions during the puzzle task than fathers. Analysis of children's responses revealed that popular children were more likely to ignore imperatives by their parents compared with unpopular children, while unpopular children showed a tendency to be more cooperative following imperatives by parents than popular children. Finally, popular children were less likely to ignore but were more likely to go off task following suggestions by parents than either unpopular or moderately popular children. The data are discussed with respect to the possible link between parental socialization patterns and children's popularity in the peer group and the need to consider the interaction patterns in both the peer and parent-child systems for intervention purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-136
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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