Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment vol:34 issue:2 pages:216-231
This study examines the advisability to distinguish dimensions of discipline, by evaluating the Dimensions of Discipline (DDI, Straus & Fauchier, 2007) in a sample of
Belgian undergraduate students (N = 371) who retrospectively reported on their mothers' and fathers' discipline behaviors aimed at correcting child misbehavior at age 10.
First, confirmatory factor analyses showed that a model with nine factors fitted the data best, but also a model with four second-order factors was acceptable. Second, a
multigroup confirmatory factor analysis with a Belgian and a U.S. sample (N = 633)provided additional evidence for the nine-factor structure.
Correlations between DDI scales and other parenting related variables demonstrated meaningful relations. Additionaly, some DDI subscales were associated with measures of current problem behavior.
To conclude, the present study illustrated that is both useful and possible to differentiate between discipline constructs.