ERIC Number: ED238544
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of West German and Guestworker Parents' Childrearing Attitudes and Expectations. Office of Parent Development International Research and Development Reports.
Strom, Robert; And Others
This study of guestworkers' childrearing attitudes was the first such investigation to be approved by the West German government. Specifically compared were the childrearing attitudes of West German and immigrant guestworker parents toward creativity, frustration, control, play, and teaching/learning. An effort was also made to determine relationships between attitudinal variables and ethnic group membership, sex of child, sex of parent, and income level. Participants were 155 native Germans and 215 guestworkers who were parents of kindergarten or first-grade children. Guestworkers originated from Greece, Italy, and Turkey. To assess parental strengths and needs in childrearing, all subjects were administered the Parent as a Teacher Inventory. Results indicated that attitudinal differences among ethnic groups were greatest in relation to issues of child control and parental ability to facilitate the teaching/learning process. Parental childrearing attitudes toward control and teaching/learning also differed according to monthly income level. Parents did not indicate different expectations for sons as opposed to daughters, a finding implying that guestworker parents have adopted some childrearing attitudes that are not part of their cultural tradition. Unexpectedly, German and Turkish parents shared favorable attitudes about the development of independence during childhood; Greek and Italian guestworkers preferred dominance in the parent-child relationship. Implications for possible parent education intervention programs were suggested. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers: Germans; Greeks; Guest Workers; Italians; Turks; West Germany (Munich)
Note: Research supported by the Werner-Reimers Foundation.