ERIC Number: ED050370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
What Type of Communication Increases Understanding Between Delinquents and Their Parents?
Metz, Marshall T.; Miller, Monroe J.
This paper represents a preliminary attempt to evaluate the role of interpersonal understanding about connotative meanings in families with delinquent children. Specifically, it is concerned with determining: (1) whether there are differences between troubled and untroubled families in the level of understanding of connotative meanings; and (2) whether the establishment of communication through tape recorded messages leads to an increase in understanding of connotative meanings. The results of this investigation suggest: (1) there is greater understanding of connotative meanings in "normal" families than in families with delinquent children; (2) the misunderstanding in troubled families is primarily a function of parental misunderstanding of sons; and (3) the use of taped communication results in increased accuracy for such families. The finding that "delinquent" parents are less accurate than their sons supports the view that communication in such families tends to be unidirectional. The parents do not listen to nor learn about the feelings and concerns of their sons. It is obvious that improvement of the total family situation requires two-way communication. (Author/TA)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Inst. of Behavioral Science.
Note: Paper presented at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Convention in Denver, Colorado, May 12-15, 1971