Revista INFAD 2012


Nº1, Vol. 1, pp. 53-62 doi:  en trámite
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Crenças parentais sobre o desenvolvimento da criança e sua relação com o cuidar

Luiza Nobre Lima / Maria da Luz Vale-Dias / Tânia Filipa Vital Mendes. pp. 53-62


Parental beliefs about child’s development and education can influence the way parents interpret child behavior, parenting actions and, consequently, child development. Considering that the lack of assessment instruments specific to this domain in Portugal is an obstacle for the development of investigation, the objectives of this study are: 1) to produce the Portuguese translation and adaptation of Knowledge of Infant Development Inventory-P [KIDI-P], originally developed by MacPhee (2002); 2) to explore the socio-demographic influence in parental beliefs about child development; and 3) to explore the relation between child care and parents knowledge about child development.
A sample of 252 parents was used.
The Portuguese version of the KIDI-P revealed a good internal consistency ( =.84). The results show that only age, socioeconomic status and number of children influence parental beliefs about child development. Parents with child care experience in professional context have higher levels of knowledge about child development. The results suggest further investigation on KIDI-P in futures researches.

Key Words: Parental beliefs; Child development; Child care.

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