ERIC Number: ED030475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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Attitudes, Expectations, and Behavior of Parents of Head Start and Non-Head Start Children. Report Number 1.
Hervey, Sarah D.
Head Start was conceived not only as an intervention program with children, but as a total effort of intervention in the disadvantaged family. Head Start seeks to influence the child not only directly through the classroom program, but indirectly through the parents. It is, therefore, important to determine if parent participation in Head Start modifies their attitudes and behavior in a way relevant to the positive development of their children. In order to ascertain if such a change takes place, Head Start parents were compared with non-Head Start parents as to educational and child rearing practices. The data was obtained by administering the Merrill-Palmer Head Start questionnaire to 103 Head Start parents and 77 non-Head Start parents. Both samples were Negro and comparable on income level and family size. Very few behavior and attitudinal differences between the two groups of parents were found. Those few differences were meaningful only individually and did not follow any pattern. These findings fail to support the assumption that Head Start experience will change the parents and thereby influence the child. (WD)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Head Start Evaluation and Research Center.; Merrill-Palmer Inst., Detroit, MI.