ERIC Number: ED192174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
The Development of an Instrument to Measure Attitudes Toward Education for Parenthood and the Responses of Working- and Middle-Class Students to the Instrument.
Bridges, K. Robert
Although many education for parenthood (EP) programs have been developed and implemented, a formal systematic determination of the attitudes of the groups to be served has yet to be conducted. A 110-item Education for Parenthood Attitude Scale (EPAS) was developed to measure attitudes toward EP, and administered to a sample of high school (N=226) and college (N=452) students. Middle-class high school students had significantly more favorable attitudes toward EP than did working-class students, and high school females had significantly more favorable attitudes than males. There were no significant class or gender differences in the college sample. The results suggest that, at least among high school students, there may be more resistance to EP-type programs among members of working-class families and males. It may be that EP requires a specific orientation program for working-class groups and males to modify their attitudes in order to make them more receptive to EP. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education for Parenthood Attitude Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (51st, Hartford, CT, April 9-12, 1980).