ERIC Number: ED144907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Changes in the Adolescent-Parent Relationship according to Sex Role.
Peterson, Evan T.
The study examined changes that have taken place between 1968 and 1976 in terms of adolescent-parent relationships as defined by the interest in and control over adolescents by parents. Also, a comparison was made of the different ways in which young girls and boys are socialized. Questionnaire responses from 7,810 adolescents in 46 high schools collected in 1968 were compared with responses from 7,508 adolescents in 52 schools in 1976. All major regions of the country were represented. The questionnaires contained scales of paternal control, maternal control, paternal interest, and maternal interest. Control referred to parental attempts to modify children's behavior in accordance with predetermined standards of conduct. Interest referred to degree of parental concern for their children. Results showed an increase in both interest and control in 1976. Consistently, the mother was seen to display greater interest and control than the father, regardless of the child's sex. In 1976, there was a greater difference in parents' levels of interest and control over boys as opposed to girls than there was in 1968. This may be due to parental concern about recent developments such as sexual permissiveness and the drug subculture. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Association (Denver, Colorado, April 21-25, 1977)