Maternal beliefs of Dogra mothers of Jammu and their child's perceived competence in pre-school.
In terms of time spent with the child, the mother has more opportunities than the father to influence her offsprings psychological growth and behavior. Tradition also favors the mother's influence since child rearing in Indian culture is generally recognized as primarily the mother's privilege and responsibility. The present research focuses on maternal beliefs of Dogra mother's of Jammu and their child's percieved competence in pre-school. The relationship between the mother and the child is an important factor, which determines the personality traits of the child in the later years, and it also affects the mental health of the child. The objectives of the present research are: (i) to study beliefs of mothers of preschoolers regarding: (a) spoiling the child/warmth and affection (b) floor freedom (c) discipline and control (d) organization of the environment (ii) to know about the child's perceived competence in preschool (iii) to find out the relation between the maternal beliefs and child's perceived competence in preschool. (excerpt)