This well-validated measure assesses parents’ discipline behaviors and cognitive appraisals of discipline events. An interviewer presents parents with hypothetical vignettes involving child misbehavior (e.g., losing a race and calling the winner a bad name). After each vignette, parents are asked a series of questions about what they would do in response and how they would feel in that situation.
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