ERIC Number: ED038699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Parental Perceptions of University Life and Their Characterizations of Their College Sons and Daughters.
Brown, Robert D.
The purpose of this investigation was to: (1) assess parental perceptions of a university environment and compare them with those of students; (2) compare the perceptions of parents of entering freshmen and upperclassmen; and (3) investigate whether or not parental perceptions of the university were independent of how they characterize their own college sons or daughters. Parents completed the College and University Environment Scales and the Adjective Check List on which they described their children. There were wide discrepancies between the environmental perceptions of parents and students, but few differences between parents of entering freshmen and upperclassmen. There were a number of significant relationships between campus perceptions and college son or daughter characterizations for parents of upperclassmen, but only one for freshmen parents. A number of possible reasons are suggested for these results, including selective reporting by students to parents, and reduction of cognitive dissonance on the part of parents. (Author)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Students, Environmental Research, Parent Attitudes, Perception, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Reaction, Universities
Dr. Robert D. Brown, 108 Administration Building, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
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Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Lincoln.