Dr. Angela Barron McBride is a professor in the Department of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis.
Differences in womenapos;s and menapos;s thinking about parent-child interactions
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
Copyright © 1985 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 8, Issue 4, pages 389–396, December 1985
How to Cite
McBride, A. B. (1985), Differences in womenapos;s and menapos;s thinking about parent-child interactions. Res. Nurs. Health, 8: 389–396. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770080412
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 18 JAN 1985
- Manuscript Received: 16 MAR 1984
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: 5T01 MH-14473
To determine if young women and men think differently about parenting when presented with the same information, a factorial between-subjects experiment was conducted. Two case studies (one successful, one unsuccessful) were evaluated; they varied only in terms of parent sex and child sex. Respondents explained parenting performance and rated both the parent and the child on the same personality items. The 136 women in the study were especially sensitive to the possibility of a child being troubled. Compared with the 136 men, they were less inclined to explain failure as the childapos;s fault and to describe a child as mean.