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Using social cognitive theory to understand meta-parenting in parents of young children

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-18, 20:54 authored by Merrifield, KA, Gambole, WC, Yu, JJ
Meta-parenting is a construct that refers to parents’ thought processes as they employ and assess parenting strategies based on their child’s behavior and perceptions of his/her developmental course. The present study examined the associations among parenting self-efficacy, positive relational maintenance, parent and child characteristics, and meta-parenting in heterosexual parents of young children. Mother’s level of education was positively associated with her maintenance behaviors and fathers’ reports of marital maintenance was positively associated with mothers’ reports of meta-parenting. Parenting self-efficacy was positively associated with meta-parenting for mothers and fathers. Child characteristics were not associated with meta-parenting. The present study contributes to current knowledge regarding the empirical associations among these variables and meta-parenting cognitions and by adopting a theoretical perspective, or Social Cognitive Theory, as a backdrop for understanding these and other possible influences.


Publication title

Family Science








Faculty of Education


Taylor & Francis

Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Socio-economic Objectives

Families and family services