ERIC Number: ED260570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Parent Knowledge and Support in the Development of Parent-Child Relationships within Very High Risk Families.
Freeland, Claire A. B.; Nair, Prasanna
The study explored competent parenting within a group often thought to have difficulty in this regard (19 infants and their mothers in the very high risk category) and attempted to identify possible areas for intervention. Ss were urban, of low socioeconomic status, and also had at least one additional factor (such as parent with extreme emotional/coping problems or parent whose infant has significant developmental disabilities) that placed their development at high risk. Measures addressed social support, sense of emotional support, parent knowledge of child development, quality of the mothers' interactions with their babies, parents' perceptions of their infant, and infant development. The central hypothesis, that mothers who have adequate social support and are knowledgeable about child development would demonstrate a better relationship with their infants, was supported in part. Observed quality of the parent-infant interaction was better in the case of mothers who lived with a number of other adults and who were knowledgeable about child development. Women who reported symptoms of isolation and powerlessness tended to see their infants as fussy and difficult. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Toronto, Canada, April 25-28, 1985).