ERIC Number: ED213513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Contexts for Childrearing: The Ecology of Family Life in Syracuse, New York. A Final Report to the National Institute of Education.
Cochran, Moncrieff M.; And Others
Using a sample of 276 families living in Syracuse, New York, this study examined the effects of different ecological contexts (i.e., the workplace, the neighborhood, and personal social networks) on the effectiveness of the family as a child-rearing system. Following an introductory overview (Chapter I) of the study's objectives and its theoretical framework, Chapter II provides an overview of the sample design and its demographic characteristics, specifies variables, and describes models and methods used for the analysis of data. An array of findings, beginning with mothers' perceptions of their children and then linking these perceptions to their views of extra-familial influences are presented in Chapters III and IV respectively. Chapter V examines the contours of work and family arrangements as they are perceived by a sample of white married women, employed in part- and full-time jobs. Chapter VI addresses questions about how parents view and evaluate their neighborhoods and about ways different neighborhood ecologies contribute to and inhibit parents' and children's activities. In Chapter VII social network data as informal systems of social support are discussed, and then linked in Chapter VIII with mothers' perceptions of themselves, their children, and (if married) their husbands. Finally, the implications of study findings for evaluation of program effects are presented in Chapter IX. A detailed description of the methods used to select families and neighborhoods for the study, as well as descriptive profiles of each neighborhood selected are included in the appendices. (Author/MP)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Demography, Ecology, Employed Parents, Employed Women, Employment, Environmental Influences, Family Life, Kindergarten, Neighborhoods, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Primary Education, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Social Characteristics, Social Cognition, Social Influences
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
Identifiers: Ecological Psychology; Family Matters Project; New York (Syracuse); Social Networks; Social Support