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Written by Joseph Lao, Ph.D.   
Monday, 20 December 2010 10:10

>> Parental Practices Survey

In one way or another, we are all affected by the ways our parents have raised us. Indeed, many people believe that parents exert the greatest of all social influences upon their children. Extensive scientific research has confirmed the common expectation that that there exist connections between the ways parents treat their children and how those children behave later in life. Done well, parenting produces healthy and happy children who provide positive contributions to society. Done poorly, parenting may produce children with unsatisfied needs who contribute more than their fair share to wider social problems and require help from others. For these and other reasons, we at ADC International believe it is very important to understand how parents influence their children.

The Parental Practices Survey is part of the American phase of ADC International’s international study of the nature of parenting skills. The purposes of this study are to identify the skills involved in raising young children and the differences between the practices of skilled and unskilled parents. The survey itself consists of 21 demographic questions, six questions about parenting skills, three questions about parenting education, two questions about parenting philosophy, and two questions about parental practices. Most people need 20-30 minutes to complete all the questions. Your responses to these questions will be compared and integrated with others representing the United States of America, and included in a comprehensive database of responses to similar questions by parents around the world. These results will be posted on our website and shared with interested members of scientific, professional, and lay communities. In addition, your responses will be integrated with the results of other scientific studies, and input from healthcare professionals, to improve our understanding of parenting and design more effective interventions. In the long run, we hope the answers you give will help improve the skills of parents and prevent some of the problems introduced by poor parenting.

At the end of this survey you will find space to add optional contact information. Any contact information you provide will be strictly confidential and will only be used to randomly select two respondents to each receive a $100.00 gift certificate.

Finally, if you would be so kind as to fill out this SURVEY ONLINE, it will speed up our receipt of your response, save us time and money (e.g., on postage), and simplify our coding and analysis of the information you provide.

Gratefully yours;

Joseph Lao, Ph.D.
President, ADC International

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