ERIC Number: ED084487
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Parent Child Relations and Women's Achievement Orientations.
Miller, Sheila J.
This speech relates the results of a study designed to discover what combination of loving-or-rejecting and casual-or-demanding mothers and fathers is likely to produce the highest achievement orientations among girls and what combination of parent-child relations is least productive of achievement orientations. The data for this study came from the questionnaire responses of 949 girls who were seniors in high school in 1967. The self-administered questionnaire included a scale of parent-child relations as well as measures of actual achievement (average high school grades) and aspirations for achievement (educational and occupational expectations). The highest overall achievement orientation was found among girls whose mothers were loving and demanding while their fathers were rejecting and casual. In contrast the lowest achievement-oriented girls had mothers who were rejecting and casual and fathers who were loving and demanding. This reversal demonstrates that the particular combination of relationships with both parents is an important element in the achievement orientations of young women. The combinations of parent-child relations associated with high achievement orientations for girls was markedly different from those for boys. (Author/LP)
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Sponsor: Kansas Univ., Lawrence.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
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Note: Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Meeting, 27 through 30 August 1973, New York, New York