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ERIC Number: ED349096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Looking Forward to Adolescence: Mothers' and Fathers' Expectations for Change.
Freedman-Doan, Carol; And Others
A total of 137 mothers and 76 fathers of sixth graders rated their relationship with their child in terms of closeness or conflict. Parents also provided data concerning their expectations for their child's changes over the next 2 years, and the degree to which they influenced their child's behavior and would influence it when the child became an adolescent. Mothers rated the amount of pubertal change they believed their child had already experienced. Results indicated that parents thought their daughters would become more emotional during adolescence than their sons. Mothers thought they would have more influence over their children's peer associations than did fathers. Fathers of boys expected their relationship with their children to become more positive over time. Parents of opposite-sex children were more concerned that their children would increase their degree of separation from the family during adolescence than were parents of same-sex children. Parents expected to have less influence over their children in the future than they did at the time of the survey. Children's pubertal status as reported by mothers was related to mothers' worries about, and perception of conflict with, their children. Mothers reported the pubertal development of their daughters as being greater than that of their sons. A copy of the rating measures is appended, and a 14- item bibliography is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Parent Expectations; Relationship Change Research; Relationship Quality
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence (4th, Washington, DC, March 19-22, 1992).