ERIC Number: ED226832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Parents' and Children's Reports of Parental Behavior in Divorced and Married Families.
Teleki, Jane K.; And Others
The possibility that interfamilial and intrafamilial differences exist in children's reports of parental childrearing behavior was investigated. Subjects were members of 29 families in which divorces had taken place and 30 families in which marriages were intact. Each family had two children. Individual family members' responses to the 56-item six-scale version of Schaefer's (1965) Child's Report of Parental Behavior were obtained from 59 first-born and 59 second-born siblings, 29 divorced mothers, and 30 married mother/father pairs. Three dimensions of childrearing behavior assessed by the measurement instrument (acceptance, psychological control, and lax discipline) were the dependent variables for the study. For each dimension of parental behavior, analyses were computed for differences between divorced and married families and for differences between dyads within each type of family. Data from fathers in divorced families were not obtained. A major finding of this study was that children in both types of families reported both their parents as rating relatively high on the dimension of acceptance. For this group, then, there was no support for the stereotype that children whose parents are divorced feel rejected by their parents. Additional findings are discussed. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Parent Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Washington, DC, October 12-16, 1982).