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ERIC Number: ED012809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 61
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Reference Count: 0
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A STUDY OF METHODS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARENTS' ATTITUDES AND THE UNDERACHIEVEMENT OF THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN.
PETTIT, MAURICE L.; ROBINSON, H.B.
THIS STUDY WAS DESIGNED TO TEST THE DIFFERENTIAL EFFECTIVENESS AND INTERACTION EFFECTS OF SEVERAL METHODS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARENTS' ATTITUDES AND THE UNDERACHIEVEMENT OF THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN. THE INVESTIGATION ALSO ATTEMPTED TO EXTEND AN EARLIER STUDY ON THE EFFECTS BROUGHT ABOUT IN CHILDREN BY EMPHASIZING PSYCHOLOGICAL CHANGES IN PARENTS. TWO GROUPS OF PROBABLE UNDERACHIEVING STUDENTS WHO WERE SOON TO BE FOURTH GRADERS WERE IDENTIFIED. THE MOTHERS OF THESE CHILDREN WERE THEN ASKED TO AN ORIENTATION MEETING, AND A SELF-ANALYSIS FORM WAS ADMINISTERED TO THOSE MOTHERS WHO RETURNED TO THE SECOND MEETING. THE SCORES WERE RANK-ORDERED AND THE MOTHERS ASSIGNED TO ONE OF THREE GROUPS ACCORDING TO ANXIETY LEVEL. AN INTERPERSONAL CHECK LIST WAS ALSO ADMINISTERED, WHERE THE MOTHERS SORTED ON SELF, SPOUSE, CHILD, AND SELF-IDEAL. AFTER 11 SESSIONS IN THREE EXPERIMENTAL GROUPS WHICH EITHER EMPHASIZED GROUP DYNAMICS, GROUP GUIDANCE, OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH, THE MOTHERS WERE RETESTED. THE CHILDREN WERE RETESTED ALSO TO DETERMINE IF BENEFITS ACCRUING TO THE MOTHERS FROM THEIR GROUP EXPERIENCES HAD BECOME MANIFEST IN THE CHILDREN. ALTHOUGH THERE WERE CHANGES IN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN THE DIRECTION PREDICTED, THE STUDY COULD NOT DETERMINE THE DIFFERENTIAL EFFECTIVENESS OF THE GROUP METHODS USED TO INVOLVE THE MOTHERS. NEVERTHELESS, IT WAS CONCLUDED THAT THE MOTHERS' GROUP INVOLVEMENT WAS A BENEFICIAL EXPERIENCE AND THAT FURTHER STUDIES SHOULD INCLUDE THE FATHERS OF UNDERACHIEVERS. (GD)
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Authoring Institution: Central Washington State Coll., Ellensburg.
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