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Repressive coping and self-reports of parenting

Myers, LB; Brewin, CR; Winter, DA; (1999) Repressive coping and self-reports of parenting. BRIT J CLIN PSYCHOL , 38 73 - 82.

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Abstract

Objectives. To investigate whether women who possess a repressive coping style (repressors) self-report more positive judgments of their childhood on questionnaire and repertory grid measures compared with non-repressors.Design. Repressors (low anxiety-high defensiveness) were compared with a composite group of non-repressors, containing some low anxious (low anxiety-low defensiveness), some high anxious (high anxiety-low defensiveness), some defensive high anxious (high anxiety-high defensiveness) and some non-extreme scorers.Methods. Participants completed the Parental Bonding Instrument (PBI; Parker, Tupling & Brown, 1979) and a 10 x 10 repertory grid, Self-Identification Form.Results. On the PBI, repressors scored significantly higher than non-repressors on paternal care and significantly lower on paternal overprotection. There were no group differences for maternal measures. On the repertory grid, repressors compared with non-repressors perceived (a) themselves as significantly closer to their father, a woman they like, and their ideal partner, and significantly further from a woman they dislike, and a man they dislike; and (b) their father as significantly closer to a woman they like, a partner/person they admire, and an ideal partner. In addition, repressors were significantly tighter on construing than non-repressors.Conclusions. The results supported the hypothesis that repressors would rate their interactions with their fathers more positively than non-repressors when allowed to do so on self-report measures.

Type:Article
Title:Repressive coping and self-reports of parenting
Keywords:AFFECTIVE MEMORIES, EARLY EXPERIENCE, BEHAVIOR, ANXIETY, RECALL, INACCESSIBILITY, ALEXITHYMIA, RESPONSES, PATTERNS, MOTHERS
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > VP Health > Clinical Research Support Centre

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