Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Family Systems' Influence on Child Behavior
by Sexauer, Kathy, Ph.D., Northwest Nazarene University, 2017, 177; 10282071
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research was to investigate how parental stress is related to student behavior and the impact of the family system on student behavior. Bronfenbrenner’s (1994) ecological model was used as the theoretical framework with a focus on relationships within the family and direct links to student behaviors. The sample size (n) was small equaling 10 parents and 10 students. The study investigated two groups of parents and children, one group consisted of five students identified as typically developing students with behaviors and numerous office referrals of more than five visits per year. The second group of five students received special educational services and had medically diagnosed behavior disorders. This study used the Parent Stress Index (PSI-4) survey to measure parental pressures and the direct influences on the parent to gain insight into four main domains: Total Stress, Life Stress, Child Domain, and Parent Domain. Interviews of both parents and children offered insight to the social occurrence of behaviors and the relationship between the parent and child. The study revealed themes describing a relationship between parenting stress and child behavior that were representative of a bi-directional relationship between a parent and child reflective in the influence of one’s direct environment within the family unit. This research adds to the body of literature looking at parenting stress and the effect on child behavior.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kellerer, Paula
Commitee: Bankard, Joseph, Curtis, Heidi, Friesland, Neil
School: Northwest Nazarene University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Idaho
Source: DAI-B 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Educational leadership
Keywords: Bronfenbrenner, Child behavior, Parent stress
Publication Number: 10282071
ISBN: 978-1-369-77708-6
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