ERIC Number: ED201682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-15
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Parenting Needs and Community Services.
The Regional Parenting Survey is a study of the needs and problems of parents, their sources of advice, and their awareness of local services. Randomly selected samples of parents were interviewed in five Appalachian states. A preliminary analysis is presented of 400 parents of third grade children, half living in urban counties and half in Appalachian rural counties. Results indicate that 50% of these parents expressed some type of need relative to their parental roles. There were noticeable differences between urban and rural parents. When asked about the quality of their contacts with school staff and the medical profession, parents were positive, but offered specific suggestions for improvement. Parents were unaware of the various types of programs and services available in their counties, excepting programs providing financial assistance. Seventy-seven percent of the sample agreed that "everyone needs some kind of help in rearing children." When asked to name their more important source of advice and help, the majority of parents named an informal source, a family member or friend. Yet when questions about specific situations were asked, most parents tended to say they would turn to a professional. Further analyses are planned. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; Regional Parenting Survey
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).