ERIC Number: ED273389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Home Environment and Maternal Alienation: Longitudinal Effects on Rural Children's Intellectual Functioning--A Cross-Lagged Analysis. Research Report.
Poresky, Robert H.
A geographically-based, random sample of 62 children, balanced for child gender, and their mothers who met selection criteria were observed and interviewed to determine the correlates of rural children's mental development. It was hypothesized that rural children's intellectual development would be positively correlated with a number of ecological home factors including the quality of the child's home environment, parental education and social class, and inversely correlated with maternal alienation. The criteria for selecting the sample were (1) proximity to a randomly selected geographic point within each of 12 randomly selected non-urban counties; (2) intact two-parent families with children aged 3, 6, or 9 years; (3) derived some income from their farm of at least 10 acres; and (4) had lived on a farm for at least 5 years prior to the study. The analysis revealed that while the educational/developmental quality of the children's home environment was linked to the development of intelligence in both the 3-year-old and 9-year-old subjects, maternal alienation was only linked with effects on the older children. The linkage of maternal alienation for the older subjects, but not the younger, suggested variations in environmental influences on cognitive performance during a child's lifespan. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Southwestern Society for Research in Human Development (4th, Denver, CO, March 1984).