ERIC Number: ED264963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Parenting Style and Preschool Experience on Children's Verbal Attainment: Results of a British Longitudinal Study.
Wadsworth, M. E. J.
This study assesses the feasibility of predicting children's verbal attainment scores by examining mothers' education and parenting styles and children's experience of preschool. Data are derived from a group of 5,362 children born in England, Wales, and Scotland in March of 1946. The parenting styles have been studied from the time the parents' firstborn children were 4 years old. Tests administered when the children were 8 years old assessed the children's abilities in vocabulary, reading, and sentence completion. Study findings focused on five areas: (1) parents' educational and socioeconomic characteristics in relation to their children's preschool experience; (2) styles of parenting as associated with children's preschool attendance or nonattendance; (3) maternal assessments of self and child; (4) association of preschool experience and parenting characteristics, styles, and self-assessments with children's verbal attainment scores; and (5) verbal attainment of children who experienced relatively low levels of maternal stimulation. Although preschool experience was an independent and significant predictor of verbal attainment scores, its power was small when compared with mothers' education. In addition, preschool attendance had no significance in predicting the scores of children whose mothers were relatively understimulating. (DST)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Early Experience, Educational Status Comparison, Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies, Mothers, Outcomes of Education, Parent Influence, Parent Role, Parenting Styles, Preschool Education, Reading Ability, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Sentences, Socioeconomic Influences, Verbal Ability, Vocabulary Development, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Research; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom