ERIC Number: ED190216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Parental Expectations and Attitudes About Childrearing in High Risk Vs. Low Risk Child Abusing Families.
Rosenblatt, Gary C.
This book presents a critical and integrative review of extant literature on child abuse, and the methodology and results of a study investigating relationships among types of abusing parents (disciplinarian parents and inadequate parents), parental attitudes about childrearing and perceptions of their children, and severity of child abuse. Thirty-five families were selected for study from a population of 42 families who brought their children to the hospital for medical treatment and were suspected of non-accidental injuries. Families were designated as low-risk or high-risk according to the severity of injury to the child. The low-risk designation applied to children who had sustained only superficial bruises or lacerations, while high-risk referred to cases where children suffered injuries ranging from bone fractures to internal injuries and skull fractures. All families were administered: the Parental Expectations Questionnaire (PEQ), the Survey on Bringing Up Children (SOBC), the Parental Attitude Research Instrument (PARI), the Disciplinarian Attitude Scale (DAS), and the Perception of Child's Problems Scale (PCP). Contrary to the authors' predictions, the results did not support the hypotheses that low-risk parents have particularly excessive performance demands and expectations for their children or that high-risk parents are particularly rejecting of their children. Other findings are also reported. (Author/SS)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Child Abuse, Child Rearing, Demography, Expectation, Individual Differences, Parent Attitudes, Risk
Century Twenty One Publishing, P.O. Box 8, Saratoga, CA 95070 ($10.00, plus $1.00 shipping)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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