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ERIC Number: ED141508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 19
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Parenting and Perceived Sex-Role of Rural Iowa Fathers.
Anderson, Carol L.
A study was conducted to analyze perceived real and ideal parenting style and perceived sex-role concept of rural fathers of children 2, 3, and 4 years of age; compare differences in perceived real and ideal parenting style of fathers by demographic factors such as age of fathers, age of child, sex-role concept, economic level, formal education, employment status of spouse, and sex of the child; and offer recommendations for adult parent education programs. The sample consisted of 281 fathers from 14 randomly selected rural school districts in Iowa. Fathering style was measured by using a 48-item instrument, from which five clusters, measured on a continuum, emerged: Growth (awareness of the child's needs ranging from physical to creative self-expression); power (physical control over the child); power (emotional control over the child); laissez faire treatment; and smothering behavior. (Discussion of findings and samples of questionnaire items are included for each cluster.) Since fathers perceived they should ideally be more sensitive to the feelings of the child, accepting of autonomous actions, and involved in decisionmaking, it was recommended that family life education programs be developed with this in mind. Since results were similar to those from a study of urban parents, it was recommended that statewide programs, rather than separate rural and urban programs, be developed. (LMS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa