A comparison of attitudes about child-rearing in middle- and lower-class families

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Marion Hawkins Mitchell (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Rebecca M. Smith

Abstract: Evidence from research indicates that mothers in different social classes rear their children in different ways. Less is known about the relation between socio-economic classes and attitudes toward childrearing than is known about authoritarianism and child-rearing practices. This study was intended to compare the attitudes about childrearing in middle- and lower-class families in Greensboro, North Carolina. Parents were selected to participate in the study if they met certain criteria. The families consisted of a husband and wife with at least one child under eighteen years of age at the time the study was being made. Each parent responded to the items on the University of Southern California Parent Attitude Survey, a self-inventory type device to measure parent attitudes toward child-rearing practices. The responses from 68 lower-class parents and 68 middle-class parents were compared. The t-test was used in the analyses of the data with the level of significance set at .05. The findings supported the hypothesis that there would be a social-class differential in attitudes toward child-rearing practices. The lower-class fathers and mothers indicated significantly less favorable attitudes toward child-rearing than the middle-class fathers and mothers. The middle-Class mothers had a significantly more favorable attitude than the middle-class fathers in one category.

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Language: English
Date: 1971

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