Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1994

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate attitudes toward parenting. The following independent variables were investigated: gender of the parent, age of the parent, number of children, ages of children, and marital status of parent. Dependent variables were scores from the following subscales of the Parental Attitudes toward Child Rearing Questionnaire: Warmth, Encouragement of Independence, Strictness, and Aggravation. The sample consisted of 95 usable copies of the questionnaire. Five composite null hypotheses were tested, employing a three-way analysis of variance (general linear model). A total of 68 comparisons were made, plus 68 recurring. Of the 68 comparisons, 20 were for main effects and 48 were for interactions. Of the 20 main effects, 8 were statistically significant at the .05 level. Of the 48 interactions, 7 were statistically significant at the .05 level. The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: 1. female parents value warmth more than male parents, 2. female parents are more concerned with aggravation than male parents, 3. Parents of children age birth to 5 years value warmth more than parents of children age 6 to 10 years, and 4. significant interactions for gender of parent, age of parent and Encouragement of Independence; age of parent, number of children and Encouragement of Independence; number of children, age of children and Encouragement of Independence: age of parent, marital status of parent and warmth : age of parent, marital status of parent and Encouragement of Independence; gender of parent, age of parent and Strictness; and gender of parent, marital status of parent and Strictness.

Rights

Copyright 1994 Kristi L. Walker

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