ERIC Number: ED206415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Nonverbal Expression of Feelings in Parent-Child Interactions: A Dilemma and a Solution.
Bradley, Loretta J.; Rogers, Frances A.
Thirty parents, 8 males and 22 females, whose children were enrolled in kindergarten, participated in this study, designed to elicit parents' nonverbal expression of feeling toward their children. Two faceless, 30-inch unisex dolls were designed to represent the child. Depending on the situation, the dolls were dressed as either male or female or as black or white. Parents, after completing the Jourards's Self-Disclosure Questionnaire (SDQ), were asked to demonstrate nonverbally how the situation made him/her feel toward the child (i.e. the doll), and to indicate nonverbally specific feeling evoked by that situation. Using the Nonverbal Emotional Response Test (NERT), designed for this study, parents' nonverbal responses to the stimulus situations were recorded and scored. Results indicated a positive relationship between the amount of information disclosed on the SDQ by parents and their expression of nonverbal feeling. As an implication of this study, the suggestion is made that as spouses reveal their inner thoughts and values more openly to each other they will in turn provide a similar, open relationship between themselves and their children. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Disclosure
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Women in Psychology (8th, Boston, MA, March 5-8, 1981). Accompanying photographs in original document have been omitted.