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ERIC Number: ED175534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-5
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of a Head Start Program on Maternal Attitudes and Behaviors.
Johnson, Jerry Allen; Peevers, Barbara Hollands
This research is part of an ongoing evaluation of the impact of the Butte County, California, Head Start program on mothers' child rearing behaviors and values, self esteem, and attitudes regarding family ideology. A total of 103 mothers of children enrolled in the Head Start program were given pre- and post-program interviews by their child's teacher as part of a regularly scheduled home visit. Questions were posed regarding child rearing behaviors in the following situations: (1) the child accidentally breaks something; (2) the child intentionally disobeys; (3) there is conflict between the child and an adult; (4) there is conflict between the child and another child. In addition, a question was directed at techniques used most frequently for general control of the child's behavior. Questions designed to assess self esteem and attitudes toward contemporary child rearing values, woman's role, and the authoritarian family were also administered. Statistically significant differences were found on responses to accidental breakage and child-adult conflict, indicating greater strictness with more exposure to the program. For general control techniques, the significant difference was in the direction of less strictness. Certain demographic characteristics, such as mother's and father's education and job prestige scores, were significantly correlated with scores on the attitude and self esteem scales. Scores on these scales did not differ significantly with more exposure to the program. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association (San Diego, California, April 5, 1979)