Behaviour problems of Barbadian children in father-present and father-absent homes: Teacher and parent ratings

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Sep. 1987

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A total of 101 Barbadian adolescents were rated by teachers on the Revised Behaviour Problem Checklist; 84 were also rated by parents. Students attending one of the prestigious secondary schools were rated as having fewer problems than peers at other types of schools. There were few significant sex differences. Father presence/absence appeared to have no systematic influence on boys' behaviour; father-absent girls received higher scores than father-present girls from parents, but significantly lower scores from teachers. Discussion of findings refers to previous extra-regional research and to particular features of Caribbean society


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