ERIC Number: ED281678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Dialogues with Children: The Child as Reporter for Family and Self.
Reid, Molly; And Others
Five child report measures were developed in order to gather systematic information about children's perceptions of themselves, their parents, and their families as a whole. The measures used a dialogue format, had parallel adult versions, and were designed for children's descriptive capacities. The five dialogues concerned (1) My Family and Friends; (2) What I Am Like and What I Think of Others in My Family; (3) What Is Important in My Family; (4) Ways to Get Chores Done in My Family; and (5) Ways My Family Helps Me with School. Preliminary descriptive findings for 100 children from an ongoing study of 500 families revealed that children's reports were a rich source of information about family life. Developmental, sex, and ethnic differences were found. The priority of family goals differed for children from single parent versus two parent homes. Of special methodological interest were analyses relating the child ratings of how good he or she feels when interacting with each parent to (1) parent ratings, (2) direct observations of behavior patterns, and (3) types of affect, especially positive affect, expressed within the family as a whole. Discussion focuses on the potential of combining child report with direct observation to specify behavioral components associated with "successful" family and child outcomes. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).