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ERIC Number: ED192211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-14
Reference Count: 0
Interaction and Role Strain: One-Parent Versus Two-Parent Situations.
Wylie, Mary Lou
The potential for role strain is much greater in single-parent families where one person functions as both caretaker and provider than in the two-parent household where these roles can be shared. Role strain affects the quality of relationshps and the interactions between parent and child(ren). It was hypothesized that the role strain felt by single adults with children would be expressed in greater frequency of negative interaction or contact between adult and child. Observations were made of 238 cases of either a single adult with children or a couple with children in locations such as laundromats, stores, churches, parks, and restaurants. Neither the number of adults nor the sex of the single adult was related to the frequency of interaction or contact. The child's behavior was related to both the frequency and the mood of interaction and contact. Findings did not support the idea that role strain of single parents affect parent-child interaction, suggesting that single-parent families may be neither better nor worse than two-parent families, at least in terms of parent-child interaction. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Best copy available. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Boston, MA, August 14-18, 1979).