ERIC Number: ED184705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Education for Parenthood: Eighth Graders Change Child Rearing Attitudes.
Richett, Diana; Towns, Kathryn
This study examined the effects of an Education for Parenthood Program (EPP) on the childrearing attitudes of eighth grade students. Two eighth grade classes were randomly selected from five sections at a middle school in south central Pennsylvania. One of the classes (both of which were approximatley 60% male and 70% black) was randomly assigned to the Experimental condition and the other to the Control condition. For nine weeks, the Controls met their regularly scheduled Health classes while the Experimentals participated in the EPP classes which emphasized increasing the students' knowledge of child development and the responsibilities of parenting. Topics were presented through group discussion, lectures, guest speakers, group exercises, role plays, and observation of children. Audio-visual aids were also used extensively. A variation of the Authoritarian Family Ideology (AFI) Scale was used as the pre- and post-test measure of childrearing attitudes. Results indicated that participation in the EPP changed the Experimentals' childrearing attitudes in the direction of greater sensitivity to the child's age appropriate behavior, increased tolerance of a child's misbehavior and sexual curiosity, and greater respect for a child's individuality. (JMB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).