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ERIC Number: ED001340
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 11
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A STUDY OF PATTERNS OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN DISTURBED AND NON-DISTURBED ADOLESCENTS AND THEIR MOTHERS.
GRATCH, GERALD; AND OTHERS
POOR FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS ARE KNOWN TO BE A FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCES IN CHILDREN. IT WAS POSTULATED THAT THERE IS GREATER LACK OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHERS THAN EXISTS BETWEEN NORMAL CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHERS. IT WAS FURTHER POSTULATED THAT SUCH LACK OF COMMUNICATION EXISTS ONLY BETWEEN THE DISTURBED CHILD AND HIS MOTHER, AND DOES NOT EXTEND TO OTHER, NORMAL, CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY. A GROUP OF 10 FAMILIES WITH HOSPITALIZED DISTURBED CHILDREN AND NORMAL SIBLINGS WAS TESTED ALONG WITH 10 CONTROL FAMILIES. MOTHERS WERE ASKED TO PREDICT THE CHILDREN'S SELF-RATINGS. BOTH THE DISTURBED CHILDREN AND THEIR NORMAL SIBLINGS WERE ASKED TO RATE THEMSELVES. MOTHERS WERE ALSO ASKED TO DESCRIBE HOW THEY WOULD LIKE EACH OF THEIR CHILDREN, IDEALLY, TO BE. EACH CHILD, IN TURN, WAS ASKED WHAT HE THOUGHT HIS MOTHER'S RESPONSES TO THE QUESTIONS WOULD BE. MOTHERS TENDED TO RATE DISTURBED CHILDREN LOWER THAN NORMAL CHILDREN. DISTURBED PATIENTS WERE UNABLE TO PREDICT THEIR MOTHERS' RESPONSES. BOTH GROUPS OF MOTHERS TENDED TO EXPECT SOCIALLY DESIRABLE BEHAVIOR OF THEIR CHILDREN, INDICATING THAT MOTHERS OF DISTURBED CHILDREN ARE NOT "OUT OF IT," AS IS SO MANY TIMES ASSUMED. FAMILY DISTURBANCES ARE A MORE PROBABLE CAUSE OF EMOTIONAL UPSET THAN ARE DISTURBANCES SPECIFIC TO A MOTHER-CHILD PAIR. DISTURBED CHILDREN TEND NOT TO KNOW WHAT THEIR MOTHERS EXPECT OF THEM.
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Identifiers: LAFAYETTE