The association of parents' recollections of childhood parental acceptance and current sense of love worthiness with children's socioemotional functioning was evaluated in a sample of 736- to 7-year-olds. A multimethod approach to assessing children's peer functioning was used: Observers rated children's peer competence in a play and problem-solving laboratory procedure, mothers reported on their children's behaviors and peer relationships, and children provided their self-perceptions regarding acceptance by peers. Mothers who recalled greater parental acceptance by their own parents during childhood had children who perceived themselves as being more accepted by peers and performed more competently in a laboratory peer interaction session. Fathers' recollections of their early parental relationships were not associated with their children's socioemotional functioning.
Contreras, Josefina M.
"Parents' Recall of Childhood Relationships and Sense of
Love Worthiness: Associations With Children's
Socioemotional Functioning in Middle Childhood,"
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 46
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol46/iss3/6