ERIC Number: ED244762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Selected Child Behaviors Most and Least Valued by Young Adult Mexicans.
Medinnus, Gene R.; Ford, Martin Z.
A study to obtain data concerning values for child behavior from a sample of Mexican adults from Guadalajara (Jalisco, Mexico), and to compare and contrast these data with those obtained in previous research with subjects from the United States, used a sample consisting of 40 males (mean age 31.1 years) and 40 females (mean age 20.1). The subjects were given a list of 22 qualities pertaining to child behavior and were asked to rank the five traits they considered most important for a 15-year-old girl and a 15-year old boy, indicating the three characteristics they felt were least important. A common core of values for male and female raters for both boys and girls was apparent. Responsibility, obedience to parents, honesty, good student, and desire to better oneself were ranked the highest. "Is a good student" ranked high for boys and girls by raters of both sexes. The three characteristics pertaining to the child's relationship to peers, especially in terms of popularity, were ranked as least important. Comparisons with earlier research with subjects in the United States suggested some universality of child-rearing values as well as some interesting differences. (Author/MH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mexico (Guadalajara); United States
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 1984).