ERIC Number: ED190927
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Profile of Three Groups of Inner City Women: The Relationship between Locus of Control, Childrearing Attitudes and Practices, and Degree of School Involvement.
Rosenbaum, Laurie K.; And Others
Current research suggests that a lack of involvement and a sense of powerlessness pervades many aspects of life for the inner city poor, including childrearing. In the late 1960's, as the movement to involve parents in their children's schools grew, an assumption took root that such participation would help alleviate parents' feelings of powerlessness and increase parental identification with the schools. The relationships between the mother's locus of control, her childrearing attitudes and practices, and her school involvement were examined as part of an evaluation of a Right to Read parent tutoring program. Three groups of inner city women were interviewed: mothers paid to tutor children in reading, mothers with high volunteer involvement in school, and mothers low in school involvement. Paid tutors were significantly more likely than uninvolved mothers to engage their children in high quality activities and to feel they could effect changes in school. Unpaid, involved mothers fell between but were not significantly different from either group. School involvement did not affect mothers' overall feelings of efficacy. Mothers who believed that chance events controlled their lives had lower educational aspirations for their children and were less involved and responsive to them. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Right to Read
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (52nd, St. Louis, MO, May 1-3, 1980).