International Journal of Social Psychiatry
Clearly defined elements of mothering and fathering were assessed in 1500 child guidance clinic cases to see if the individual parents provided adequate mothering and fathering. Mothers with characteristics of inadequate mothering were the most likely to have children with behavior problems. Children with inadequate fathering also had some behavior problems but correlations were not as strong as those with inadequate mothering. Children of adequate mothering and fathering had the fewest problems. The study also correlates distinct childhood problems with particular mothering and fathering characteristics. 5 references.
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