Mothers’ and Fathers’ Perceptions of Child Deviance: Roles of Parent and Child Behaviors and Parent Adjustment
Before young children with behavior problems can receive treatment, they must be identified by at least one of their parents as having severe enough problems to warrant professional attention. However, a number of researchers have cautioned clinicians against overreliance on mothers’ perceptions of their children’s deviant behaviors and have suggested that mothers may inaccurately label their children as deviant.
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