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ERIC Number: ED011899
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 24
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SOME PERSPECTIVES ON CHILD REARING PRACTICES AMONG URBAN LOW INCOME FAMILIES.
JEFFERS, CAMILLE
BASED ON THE RESEARCH OF A PARTICIPANT-OBSERVER, THIS PAPER DESCRIBES THE CHILD REARING PRACTICES OF SOME LOW INCOME FAMILIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C. IT WAS FOUND THAT IN GENERAL BASIC PRIORITIES IN THE FAMILY WERE GIVEN TO FOOD, CLOTHING, AND RENT, AND THESE PRIORITIES AFFECTED THE MOTHER'S PERCEPTION OF HER CHILD'S NEEDS. THE MOTHERS SAW THEMSELVES AS DOING MORE FOR THEIR CHILDREN THAN HAD BEEN DONE FOR THEM. MORE SPECIFICALLY, A NUMBER OF PARENTS EXPRESSED THE NEED FOR "SETTING AN EXAMPLE" FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S BEHAVIOR. PHYSICAL CARE, TEACHING HER CHILDREN PROPER BEHAVIOR, AND THE ABILITY TO DO HOUSEHOLD WORK WERE FELT TO BE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD MOTHER. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD FATHER AND HUSBAND INCLUDED HAVING A JOB, TAKING CARE OF HIS FAMILY, AND HELPING CARE FOR THE CHILDREN. MANY PARENTS EXPRESSED THE NEED TO CONTROL THE WHEREABOUTS AND ASSOCIATES OF THEIR CHILDREN TO PROTECT THEM FROM EXTRA-FAMILY INFLUENCES. THREE OUT OF FOUR MOTHERS SAID THAT PHYSICAL PUNISHMENT WAS AN ACCEPTED PRACTICE. CONTRARY TO OTHER REPORTS, THIS OBSERVER FOUND THAT MOTHERS IN ONE-PARENT FAMILIES WOULD PREFER TO BE MARRIED. (JL)
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Identifiers: CHILD REARING STUDY; DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA