ERIC Number: ED182026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Behavioral Cues from Children: Analysis of Adult Responses to Childhood Danger vs. Non-Danger Situations.
Jacobsen, R. Brooke; And Others
Role reversal between parent and child was investigated in an attempt to assess responses of two samples (mothers and students) to children depicted in two hypothetical behavioral settings: a non-threatening and a danger setting. Married versus single status of the samples also was analyzed. The Adult Responses to Children's Behavior (ARCB) scale was developed and used to expose adults to hypothetical behavior situations of young children using an audio-visual method of presentation. For example, a slide was presented with accompanying narrative showing a child in a certain situation and subjects were asked how they would respond to the child in the setting. Child-oriented, adult-oriented and task-oriented response choices were provided with each depicted setting. Mothers' and students' responses to the child in the non-danger situation were mainly child-oriented. For both samples, the response to the danger setting was considerably less child-oriented. Responses became more adult- and task-oriented when the danger situation was presented. Single mothers and students were more task-oriented in the danger setting than were married mothers. Findings are interpreted as demonstrating that behavioral cues from children do affect an adult's style of response. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins.