ERIC Number: ED037248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Family Factors Related to Competence in Young, Disadvantaged Mexican-American Children. Part of the Final Report on Head Start Evaluation and Research: 1968-69 to the Office of Economic Opportunity.
Stedman, James M.; McKenzie, Richard E.
As part of the continuing search for the environmental antecedents of competence in young children, this study investigated several parameters of a population of disadvantaged Mexican-American children. The factors of child competence on which this study focused were behavioral adjustment and linguistic ability. The antecedents of competence were sought in family variables, specifically in overall family constellation, parental language patterns, child-rearing attitudes, parental self-concept, parental and other roles within the family, and various attitudinal concepts. The sample of disadvantaged Mexican-American children consisted of 134 5-year-old Head Start enrollees. After the subjects were rated on behavioral adjustment and language ability (by teacher ratings and language scores), 20 were selected for a High-Adjustment, High-Language (H-H) group and 20 others for a Low-Adjustment, Low-Language (L-L) group. Familial data were collected on 15 children in each group. Analysis of the child competence data reveals a moderate relationship between behavioral adjustment and linguistic ability. Analysis of familial data and the child competence data suggests more adequate family adjustment and more favorable "semantic structure" regarding school-related concepts in the H-H group. (MH)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Child Development Evaluation and Research Center.