Title page for ETD etd-10212004-123834

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Horsch, Laura M.
Author's Email Address laura@vt.edu
URN etd-10212004-123834
Title Parental Attitudes Toward Socially Inhibited Children: An Exploratory Analysis
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ollendick, Thomas H. Committee Chair
Axsom, Daniel K. Committee Member
Bell, Martha Ann Committee Member
  • Shyness
  • Childrearing Practices
  • Parental Anxiety
  • Behavioral Inhibition
  • Parental Attitudes
Date of Defense 2004-10-01
Availability mixed
Intergenerational transmission of shyness, or the social process through which shy characteristics or behavioral patterns demonstrated by parents are passed on to their children, has received recent empirical attention and has suggested a positive relationship between levels of shyness in parents and children. One factor that may relate to this relationship is the attitudes parents hold toward having a shy child. The present study sought to illuminate several questions surrounding parental attitudes toward shyness and the presence of withdrawn, inhibited behavior in children. It was hypothesized that: a) parental attitudes toward shyness and shyness in parents would interact to influence inhibited behavior in children; and b) childrearing practices would serve as a mediator in the anticipated relationship between parental attitudes toward shyness and inhibited behavior in children. Results indicated a significant positive relationship between parental attitudes toward shyness and withdrawn, inhibited behavior in children, as well as a series of significant relationships between parental attitudes toward shyness and specific parenting strategies. No significant moderational or mediational effects were found, however.
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