ERIC Number: ED280555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jan
Comparison of Opinions and Attitudes of Mothers of Preschool Children and Female College Students Toward Physical Child Abuse.
Garb, Marcelle Robin; Blackmon, Alyce Akers
A total of 116 mothers of preschool children and 230 female college students responded to a 60-question survey designed to assess attitudes and opinions concerning physical child abuse in four categories: legal issues, treatment issues, behaviors constituting child abuse, and attitudes toward physical discipline. Students were significantly more lenient than mothers in attitudes and opinions in all four categories. Demographic variables, such as marital status and education, were significantly related to attitudes held by mothers. Students majoring in math-science, humanities, and professional studies were significantly more lenient than social science majors. Class level and family occupational level were also significant factors in students' opinions. Respondents generally supported current legislation and court interpretations of abuse and, to a lesser extent, current treatment practices. Responses indicated a consistency of opinions and attitudes across the four categories assessed. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Family and Research Action V Conference (Lubbock, TX, January 22-24, 1986).