The Influence of Personality and Children’s Facial Cues on Parenting Behaviours
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Children’s facial cues, such as cuteness, health, happiness, and resemblance to parent, influence caregiving perceptions and behaviours. This thesis investigated whether parents’ personality traits increase/decrease sensitivity to these cues. Results showed that parents’ scores on the HEXACO Honesty-Humility scale were negatively related to observed parent affection when judge’s ratings of children’s health were moderate and high, and parents’ scores on the HEXACO Emotionality scale were negatively related to observed parent monitoring when judge’s ratings of children’s happiness were low and high. Further for Emotionality, scores of Emotionality: Attachment were negatively related to parent monitoring and support when ratings of children’s happiness were high, and scores of Emotionality: Worry were positively related to parent support when ratings of children’s health were high. These results suggest that parenting is related to both parents’ and children’s characteristics and certain combinations of parent personality and children’s facial cues may be associated with neglectful parenting.