Parents' perceptions of their children's influence within the context of the parent-child relationship
This study explored parents' perceptions of their children's influence within the context of the parent-child relationship in the personal, conventional, moral, and prudential domains. Sixty mothers and fathers in dual-parent families described real-life incidents of their children's influence. Parents perceived the most influence from their children in the conventional domain followed by personal, moral, and prudential domains. Parents reported their children to be moderately effective in influencing them to change their own immediate behaviour and longterm attitude in the four domains, and they were somewhat comfortable in accepting the change. Parents indicated their children were very active and assertive in influencing them. Children's influence strategies included assertion, negotiation/persuasion, and display of positive attributes. Mothers perceived more influence from their children than fathers. Parents referred to the close, interdependent, and longterm nature, past expectations, and future anticipations of the relationship to explain their children's influence.