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ERIC Number: ED266184
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 15
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Studying Parental Decision Making with Micro-Computers: The CPSI Technique.
Holden, George W.
A technique for studying how parents think, make decisions, and solve childrearing problems, Computer-Presented Social Interactions (CPSI), is described. Two studies involving CPSI are presented. The first study concerns a common parental cognitive task: causal analysis of an undesired behavior. The task was to diagnose the cause of non-contingent crying in an infant. The subjects were required to rule out causes of crying by acquiring the fewest and most important stored information units possible. The second type of problem, focused on decision making in a potentially difficult setting. The computer simulated the experience of shopping in the supermarket with a young child. As the computer reported that the child began to misbehave, the subject could select one of four or five pre-programmed responses. Subjects in both experiments were 120 middle-class, college educated women from two locations. In the first problem, mothers and pediatric nurses were more efficient and accurate at reaching a solution than women without children. In the second study, nulliparous, primiparous, and multiparous women showed differences in management techniques, but similarities in responses to child misbehavior. Further applications for the CPSI techniques are suggested. (LMO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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