ERIC Number: ED027943
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Language Style of the Lower Class Mother: A Preliminary Study of a Therapeutic Technique.
While the concept of parent involvement is stressed by almost all programs for preschool children, there is little evidence of parent-focused programs specifically designed to overcome the deficits of the lower class parent. It was the purpose of the present study to develop a program to enhance the functioning of the lower class mother in language style. The lower class mother needs activities designed specifically to increase her confidence and her ability to affect the growth and learning of her child in a socially valued manner. Seven lower class mothers of North Philadelphia were introduced to a program in which they learned to tell stories to their children. In cooperation with the Get Set program, mothers and their preschool children attended sessions in which an attempt was made (by engaging the participation of the mothers in reading and storytelling) to increase the quantity and quality of the mothers' verbalizations and to help the mothers to encourage their children to do so. High-interest preschool-level books were used. The language abilities of the mothers and children were measured by a battery of tests. The mothers showed a good deal of interest in the program; and although they were quite limited in education, they clearly increased their language abilities in several respects. (WD)
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Sponsor: Hahnemann Medical Coll. and Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Hahnemann Community Mental Health Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Illinois Test of Psycholinguistic Abilities; Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Preschool Inventory