ERIC Number: ED279978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Knowledge of Child Development Norms, Childrearing Attitudes, and Perceptions of Locus of Control.
Stringer, Sharon A.; Thompson, Karin E.
Conflicting results have been obtained from studies examining childrearing attitudes, knowledge of child development norms, or perceptions of locus of control, and how these variables relate to parental discipline practices and to parent-child relationships. One way to clarify these inconsistent findings in the literature would be to examine the relationship between individuals' childrearing attitudes, perceptions of locus of control, and knowledge of child development milestones in the same study. This relationship was examined in a middle class sample of 29 male and 105 female college students. After written informed consents were obtained, subjects completed a demographic data form, the Parental Attitude Research Instrument (PARI), Levenson's Locus of Control Scale, and a questionnaire assessing Knowledge of Child Development Norms. Pearson product moment correlational analyses revealed that perceptions of internal locus of control were significantly related to the PARI subscale Comradeship/Sharing for females and that perceptions of chance control were significantly related to the PARI subscale Avoidance of Communication for females and for males. The results of the present study carry important implications for parent education programs. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (33rd, New Orleans, LA, April 16-18, 1987).