ERIC Number: ED185139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Children's Perceptions of Authority in Botswana and Their Antecedent Childrearing Practices and Attitudes.
Brown, Frieda A.
This study examines Botswana children's perceptions of the various authority figures influential in their development and the degree to which children internalize the norms of those authority figures. In addition, parental attitudes and the influence of specific childrearing patterns were examined in conjunction with children's perceptions of authority. Four hundred twenty-seven school children were tested and 48 parents were interviewed regarding family structure and childrearing practices. It was found that girls were more supportive of authority figures than were boys. Children of extended families perceived authority figures as being more supportive of each other more often than children of nuclear families. Children of parents with traditional attitudes and childrearing practices have more positive perceptions of authority figures than children of more western oriented parents. The study suggests that the indiscriminate adoption of western ideals may result in the loss of a stable parent child relationship. (Author/RLV)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Authoritarianism, Child Rearing, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Extended Family, Family Structure, Nuclear Family, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, School Organization, Sex Differences
Not available separately; See UD 020 192
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For related documents see UD 020 192-209 and ED 181 100