ERIC Number: ED082837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
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Alternatives in Child Rearing in the 70's.
Eiduson, Bernice T.; And Others
This report describes a pilot project that is investigating the childrearing practices of individuals who have chosen living arrangements different from the traditional two-parent family. Alternative life styles include these groups: (1) unmarried parents who live together, (2) single or unwed mothers, and (3) participants in communes. Depth interviews were administered to counterculture and traditional parents so that comparisons could be made. The interviews probed (1) demographic and personal background information; (2) marital and work status at the time of the child's birth; (3) current living arrangements; (4) birth, medical, and developmental histories of children; and (5) childrearing attitudes and practices. Some attitudes and value systems, which are common for all types of counterculture parents, are reviewed. It is concluded that many characteristics commonly attributed to counterculture families were also evident in contemporary two-parent families. The pilot data suggest that alternative life styles represent a concentrated form of attitudes, values, and behavior that are actually broadly represented in society. Recent changes in childrearing, although ambiguous, may represent major new trends for society. (DP)
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Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.; National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.