ERIC Number: ED197248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep-3
Reference Count: 0
Generation Differences in Perceptions of Parents and Children.
McBride, Angela Barron; Austin, Joan Kessner
Although anecdotal material suggests that parenting changes people, experimental tests in this area are lacking. Undergraduates (N=139) and their same-sex parents read one of eight summaries of parent-child interactions which varied in terms of success and in terms of the sex of the story character. Descriptions were reduced to three parent factors (Generous, Lost, and Masculine) and four child factors (Troubled, Responsible, Selfish, and Warm). The older generation used the factor, "Lost," less often than their children in describing the story parent; "Lost" was used more often to describe a mother than a father. The story child was described as more troubled, more responsible, less selfish, and less warm by the older generation than by their own children. Although the results were unclear as to whether generational differences were due to age, parenting, or cohort group differences, the data suggest that individuals over age 35 had a less conventional view of parents and children. The older generation showed signs of greater tolerance and more capacity for ambiguity. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980). Best copy available.