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Estimates of childhood behavioural problems in Malaysia and their relationship with parenting behaviour.

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Hj Suhaimi, Aida Farhana (2012) Estimates of childhood behavioural problems in Malaysia and their relationship with parenting behaviour. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This study examined estimates of different types of childhood behavioural problems
based on reports from 1407 parents of primary school children aged 5 to 13 years
from Klang Valley, Malaysia using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
(SDQ). It also examined the mean and standard deviation scores for the scales in the
SDQ, and how these scores are influenced by age and gender. Additionally, it
examined the relationship of childhood behavioural problems with parental warmth
and rejection. The results indicated that the percentages of children within the
borderline and abnormal bands were 12.8% for Emotional Symptoms, and 23.7% for
Peer Problems. The percentages were 14.2% for Conduct Problems and 13.2% for
Hyperactivity. The percentage of Malaysian children within the abnormal and
borderline band for the Prosocial was 16.0%. The current study did not find any
differences in age and gender for Emotional Symptoms, Peer Problems, Conduct
Problems and Hyperactivity. Nonetheless, Prosocial had significant effect for age.
Conforming to previous studies, the findings also revealed that Total Difficulties
scores (comprising the scores for Emotional Symptoms, Peer Problems,
Hyperactivity and Conduct Problems), and the scale scores for Emotional Symptoms,
Peer Problems, Hyperactivity and Conduct problems were all positively and
significantly associated with parental rejection, and negatively and significantly
associated with parental warmth. Prosocial was negatively correlated with parental
rejection and positively correlated with parental warmth. The findings provide
important new data on the behavioural and emotional problems of Malaysian schoolaged
children, and how these problems are associated to parenting styles. It also
provided used normative data that can facilitate the use of the SDQ for screening
behavior and emotion problems in Malaysian children.

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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2012. Includes bibliographical references

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