Perceptions of self-as-parent in mothers with hyperactive children

by Chan, Shuk-fong

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) ABSTRACT This is un exploratory study of the perceptions of self-as-parents in Chinese mothers with hyperactive children. The focus is put on examining their construct systems and their relations to their parenting self-esteem. Ten mothers whose hyperactive children have received or have been receiving clinical treutment served aa subjects. Datu were obtained by repertory grid, self- characterization and .interview. The quantitative data were analyzed by computer program LNGU1D and 1'KEFAN, whereas the narrative data were analyzed thematically. Results indicate that the mother role is predominantly important in the overall self-concept and raostly undermines the satisfaction of life in general. Goals and means of parenting were mainly used to construe themselves as parents. Their perceptions of their husbands' and children views' on them were significantly similar to their se 1 f-perceptions as parents. The mothers witli high parenting self-esteem are found to be associated with several characteristics, including putting emphasis on harmonious interpersonal relationships, being more inclined to consider own needs, being evaluated positively by husbands and children, having very high cognitive complexity, and perceiving their children's hyperactivity accurately with accepting attitude, Implications of the findings on clinical work and methodological issues in case study research are discussed, v
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:mothers psychology hyperactive children family relationships


Date of Publication:01/01/1992

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