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The International Parenting Study is being conducted by a consortium of researchers in all major world regions. The data are obtained through questionnaires completed by university students. The questionnaire includes the Dimensions of Discipline Inventory (DDI) and numerous other measures to enable investigation of correlates of the aspects of parenting measured by the DDI. The DDI measures:

(1) Misbehavior by the child.
(2) Use of nine discipline techniques such as explanation, corporal punishment, and reward.
(3) Ten aspects of the mode of implementing discipline (such as impulsivity) and the context (such as agreement-disagreement between parents on discipline).
(4) Degree of approval or disapproval of each of the nine discipline techniques.

The International Parenting study uses procedures which have been highly successful in a multi-nation study of violence in dating relationships of university students (see International Dating Violence Study). Each consortium member uses the same core questionnaire, except for the final section, which is reserved for members to add questions about issues of specific local or theoretical interest.