ERIC Number: ED215427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Congruence of Parental Behavior as Perceived by Parents and Their Middle School Children.
Matthews, Doris B.; Quinn, Jimmy L.
The goal of this study was to interpret patterns of consonance and dissonance between the parenting behaviors that parents report and those that their middle-school children expect them to report. A questionnaire was developed and administered to a sample of middle-school children in grades 6-8 in Felton Laboratory School at South Carolina State College. The students completed the instrument twice, once as they expected their mothers to respond and once as they expected their fathers to respond. Questionnaires taken home by the students were completed by 50 mothers and 37 fathers. Tests for association were made on each of 41 items for the following pairs: (1) mothers and fathers, (2) mothers and daughters, (3) mothers and sons, (4) mothers and all children, (5) fathers and daughters, (6) fathers and sons, and (7) fathers and all children. Responses from appropriate pairs of respondents were computed for association using the Spearman rank-order correlation coefficient. The findings are illustrated in tables; in addition, each of the 41 items is listed and followed by a brief discussion of the observed association. A copy of the questionnaire is appended. (MLF)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior, Comparative Analysis, Congruence (Psychology), Fathers, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Mother Attitudes, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Perception, Questionnaires, Tables (Data)
Not available separately; see EA 014 544.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Fairborn, OH.