ERIC Number: ED220184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
A Needs Assessment of Phoenix South Catchment Area Children: The Responses of Parents, Neighbors, and Teachers.
Summarized in this document are results from a survey conducted from 1975 to 1977 with parents, neighbors, and fifth-grade teachers as part of a needs assessment of Phoenix, Arizona, South Catchment Area children. A questionnaire consisting of 34 items, generated from studies reviewed in the area of children's behavioral symptoms and strengths, was administered to 70 parents, 54 neighbors, and 72 teachers representing different ethnic groups (Anglo Americans, Mexican Americans, Blacks, and others). Subjects were asked to judge how often certain behaviors occur in children and to determine which of the following specific judgments expressed their feelings: the behavior is a strength, a problem for worry or dislike, wrong, a matter of no concern, or none of the above. According to factor analysis and analysis of variance, respectively, results indicated that all subjects identified certain behavioral strengths and symptoms that occur frequently among children. The strengths were considered to be functional behaviors, while the symptoms were considered to be problematic. The following qualities were determined to be behavioral strengths occurring frequently in children: good-nature, rationality, cheerfulness, humor, poise, cooperativeness, intelligence, and clear thinking. The behavioral symptoms which frequently occurred were defiance, fighting, overactivity, little interest in doing things, and unmanageable behavior. Further results are discussed in terms of differences among subjects and ethnic groups in response to the survey items. A copy of the survey is appended, along with tables summarizing the raw data collected in the study. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phoenix South Community Mental Health Center, AZ.
Identifiers: Arizona (Phoenix); Behavior Strengths; Behavior Symptoms; Neighbor Attitudes
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