Parental disciplinary practices following acquired brain injury in children

Damith T. Woods, Cathy Catroppa, Peter Barnett, Vicki A. Anderson

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Purpose: This study describes the disciplinary practices of parents following acquired brain injury (ABI) of their child and examines the relationship between disciplinary use, family-parental adversities and children's behavioural sequelae. Method: Participants were 48 parent respondents of children between 3-12 years with mild, moderate and severe ABI. Parents provided demographic information and completed questionnaires investigating disciplinary strategy use, parental-family functioning and child behaviour. Results: Over-reactive and lax disciplinary strategies were endorsed most by parents. Dysfunctional levels of disciplinary use were associated with children who displayed more behaviour problems, parents with elevated distress and families experiencing more dysfunction and social adversity. Conclusion: Dysfunctional parenting practices, if not ameliorated, could exacerbate problematic child behaviour following ABI, as well as parent and family difficulties. Parental assessment may be useful as a method of screening for parental factors that put children at risk for ongoing behaviour problems and families for ongoing stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-282
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Acquired brain injury
  • children
  • disciplinary practices
  • intervention
  • parenting behaviour

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