Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - NLU Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology - Florida School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Patricia Dixon, Psy.D.

Second Advisor

Marcia Pita, Ph.D.


This clinical research project, by design and intention, sought to explore parental attributions of child problem behavior and its potential relationship to psychopathology. Additionally, the etiology of parenting perceptions was examined, with identified factors that have been linked with childhood problem behaviors and disorders. Based on a thorough literature review, and positing conceptual associations, a transitive relationship is proposed relating parental social cognitions, parenting styles, and developmental trajectories of clinical psychopathology. Interventions are identified that have been shown to be efficacious in promoting more accurate parental perceptions. Finally, contemporary issues with addressing this topic in the field are discussed, with implications for its impact on clinical assessment.