Multiple pathways to compliance: Mothers' willingness to cooperate and knowledge of their children's reactions to discipline

Maayan Davidov*, Joan E. Grusec

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Mothers of 59 children with ages from 6 to 9 years were assessed for their general willingness to cooperate with their children's desires and their accurate predictions of their children's evaluations of different discipline strategies. Mothers asked their children to clean up a playroom in their absence, with some children protesting and others not protesting. Results showed that maternal willing cooperation predicted children's compliance in the absence but not in the presence of protest. Conversely, maternal accuracy concerning their children's evaluations of discipline facilitated children's compliance in dyads in which children expressed initial resistance but not if children indicated no opposition. Mothers' responsive reactions to protest mediated between maternal accuracy and children's ultimate compliance. Results indicate that specific features of parenting facilitate compliance in specific situations.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)705-708
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Compliance
  • Conflict
  • Discipline
  • Mothers
  • Parental accuracy
  • Parental knowledge
  • Willing cooperation

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