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ERIC Number: ED175560
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 23
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An Exploration and Analysis of Parental Behaviors Which May Be Related to a Child's Problem Solving Abilities (Phase II Report).
Panetta, Sandra J.; Swank, Paul
This research project was designed to explore, in two phases, the nature of the relationship between parental behavior and children's ability to solve problems. Phase II, which is examined in this paper, deals with two specific questions: (1) Is maternal linguistic code subject to desirable modification and (2) Is the mother's perception of herself as a parent-teacher subject to desirable modification? Subjects were forty 23- and 24-year-old mothers (most of them from low-income families), who were enrolled in the Parents As Teachers Program (PAT), and their 3- to 4-year-old children. About 35% of the children were classified as Hispanic American, 63% as white and 2% as other. Three instruments were used to collect data: Parent As A Teacher (PAAT) Inventory, Parental Overall Linguistic Code (PLC) and the children's Problem Solving Abilities Continuum (PSAC). Among the conclusions: (1) the PAT program, as it existed during the 1978-79 school year, was not able to alter the mother's perception of herself as a parent-teacher when the PAAT Inventory was employed to assess this variable; (2) the children's problem solving abilities, as indicated by mean scores on the PSAC, did improve between pretests and posttests; and (3) the PAT Program can in fact alter maternal linguistic behavior as demonstrated by the significant difference existing between the maternal pretest and posttest mean scores. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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