Erin McBride

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Melissa Hakman, Carl Meyers, Elizabeth Jones


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Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Parental satisfaction is believed to play a major role in the quality of parenting. Several factors have been linked to parental satisfaction including levels of perceived social support, socioeconomic status, marital satisfaction, occupational status, role perceptions of parents, child characteristics, and leisure time spent with children. The current study examined the above mentioned factors to see how much variance these elements accounted for in parental satisfaction.

One hundred and twenty parents of children between the ages of 1.5 and 5 participated by completing a demographic questionnaire, the Cleminshaw-Guidubaldi Parent Satisfaction Scale (Guidubaldi, 1988), the Child Behavior Checklist (Achenbach & Rescorla, 2000, 2001), the Parenting Stress Index – Short Form (Abidin, 1995), the Family Leisure Activity Profile (Zabriskie & McCormick, 2003), the Social Support Questionnaire (Sarason & Sarason, 1982), the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale (Schumm, Paff-Bergen, Hatch, Obiorah, Copeland, Meens & Bugaighis, 1986), and the Self-Efficacy Scale (Sherer, 1982). It was found that the age when the first child was born, the amount of perceived social support, the severity of child behavior, the highest level of education completed by the parent, the level of satisfaction with leisure time, the number of years married, the level of reported self-efficacy, the level of parenting stress, and reported marital satisfaction significantly accounted for 64% of the variance in reported parental satisfaction.


Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences