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An Examination of Parental Attributions and Intervention Preferences in African American Mothers with a Disruptive Child in Head Start

This study will examine causal and responsibility attributions for disruptive behavior in a community sample of African American mothers who perceive their Head Start children as having behavioral challenges. The relationship between attributions and treatment acceptability will also be examined for common interventions offered to families with a disruptive child. Approximately seventy-five participants will be recruited through a current partnership with the Head Start program in Guilford County, North Carolina for this correlational investigation. Mothers will complete a packet of questionnaires regarding their children's behavior, parenting attributions, intervention preferences, and demographic variables. It is predicted that parental attributional style will account for a significant proportion of the variance in treatment acceptability ratings. Specifically, it is predicted that mothers who show more negative attributional styles will prefer strategies that are immediate and aimed at reducing negative behaviors, rather than inductive teaching strategies, when compared to mothers without this attributional style.
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