ERIC Number: ED190197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Contemporary Single Mothers.
Eiduson, Bernice T.
Fifty Caucasian, never-married single mothers aged 18-30, who had opted to keep their babies, were studied longitudinally from the last trimester of pregnancy through the first three years of their children's lives in order to learn the extent to which they had reinterpreted traditional roles and responsibilities and had restructured their lives. Their values, attitudes, aspirations for their children, child rearing practices, family organization and activities were documented through naturalistic home observations, detailed interviews and questionnaires, and self reports of daily routines. The development of their children was assessed periodically through structured and semi-structured tests so that aspects of cognitive physical, and socio-emotional growth could be monitored. A picture of three different types of single mothers (nest builders, post hoc adapters and unwed mother) each with fairly distinct attitudes, expectations and experiences, emerged from the data. After a description of the single mother's backgrounds, their roles as parents, their values, attitudes and parenting behaviors are discussed. Policy planning implications of the findings for service delivery are indicated. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Fatherless Family, Individual Differences, Longitudinal Studies, Mobility, One Parent Family, Parent Attitudes, Parent Role, Policy, Pregnancy, Preschool Children, Unwed Mothers, Values
To be published as a chapter in "Current Topics in Early Childhood Education". Vol. 3, 1980. Lilian Katz (ERIC Clearinghouse on Early Childhood Education), Editor. Ablex Publishing Corp., 355 Chestnut St., Norwood, NJ 07648 ($17.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Satisfaction; Toddlers
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (San Francisco, CA, March 15-18, 1979).