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ERIC Number: ED141661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Quality of Life and Communication of Family Skills: Who Gets the Goodies?
Young, David M.; And Others
The assignment of special roles or specific skills within family units has been of considerable interest to researchers and clinicians. The present study attempted to understand how a variety of social, technical and artistic skills were attributed within families, and how this constellation related to reports of "quality of life" issues. It was expected that a person's style of attributing skills to family members would relate significantly to: (1) how they feel about their present life quality; (2) how they viewed their life quality during childhood; and (3) the degree of marital harmony perceived between parents. One hundred seventy five undergraduate students volunteered as subjects. Each student completed a paper and pencil questionnaire consisting of several questions about quality of life issues and a family skill matrix. Distribution of skills in the family was found to interact strongly with a variety of life quality measures. Pronounced sex differences were found. Among the more striking findings were: males sharing skills with their father and females sharing skills with both father and mother reported greater satisfaction with quality of life; and reports of more self-ascribed skills related to reports of greater life quality. Results are discussed from a communications framework. (Author)
David M. Young, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (Los Angeles, California, April 8-11, 1976)