Home chaos: Sociodemographic, parenting, interactional, and child correlates

Dumas, Jean E., Nissley, Jenelle, Nordstrom, Alicia, Smith, Emilie Phillips, Prinz, Ronald J. and Levine, Douglas W. (2005) Home chaos: Sociodemographic, parenting, interactional, and child correlates. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34 1: 93-104. doi:10.1207/s15374424jccp3401_9

Author Dumas, Jean E.
Nissley, Jenelle
Nordstrom, Alicia
Smith, Emilie Phillips
Prinz, Ronald J.
Levine, Douglas W.
Title Home chaos: Sociodemographic, parenting, interactional, and child correlates
Journal name Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1537-4416
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1207/s15374424jccp3401_9
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 93
End page 104
Total pages 12
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routhledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We conducted 2 studies to (a) establish the usefulness of the construct of home chaos, (b) investigate its correlates, and (c) determine the validity of the Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale (CHAOS) used to measure the construct in each study. Study 1 relied on a sample of European American preschoolers and their mothers and Study 2 on a sample of African American school-age children and their caregivers. Home chaos was associated with less effective parental discipline; elevated behavior problems, limited attentional focusing, and reduced ability to understand and respond to social cues in children; and reduced accuracy and efficiency in a cooperative parent–child interactional task, after controlling for potential confounds. It is concluded that (a) home chaos is not a proxy for adverse social or psychological circumstances but a useful construct in its own right; (b) home chaos is associated with multiple detrimental correlates in parents and children; and (c) the CHAOS scale provides an adequate and economical measure of home confusion and disorganization that should prove useful in clinical research with diverse populations.
Keyword Child Behavior
Child parent relation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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