ERIC Number: ED261784
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Child's Eye View of Family Life: A Report to Respondents in a Study Conducted in Victoria in Late 1982 and Early 1983.
Ochiltree, Gay; Amato, Paul
Marriage and the family traditionally have been structured around the key functions of the nurturing and socialization of children. This report looks closely at how effectively and competently various family types manage these tasks. Containing a brief overview of the "Australian Children in Families Study," this report concentrates on the child's view of family life, on how he or she uses the family as a resource and a base from which to control the environment. Past research on children and their families has frequently been more concerned with parents' views than with the views of children, who were seen as too difficult to talk with, too immature, and too easily upset to make worthwhile contributions to knowledge in this area. This report bypasses these research limitations through development of interview testing questions that use the "children's language" rather than adult researchers' terminology. The report highlights the importance of both parents to every child's well-being. Following a detailed explanation of the research methodology and a summary of the main findings, actual narratives from children and compilations of findings in each of the following areas are described: how children see their parents, how children feel when their parents separate or divorce, how children feel about "access" parents (separated or divorced parents who have visiting arrangements), children's relationships within the family, family changes, how families are organized, family conflict and family cohesion, children's friendships, juvenile delinquency, children's outside interests, children's views on school, television viewing habits, and job expectations. (DST)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Family Environment, Family Life, Family Problems, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Fathers, Friendship, Mothers, Nuclear Family, One Parent Family, Parent Child Relationship, Stepfamily
Institute of Family Studies, 766 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 3000, Australia ($10.00 in Australian funds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia