ERIC Number: ED285094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
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Satisfaction with Parenting: A Comparison of Urban and Rural Samples.
Meredith, William H.; Abbott, Douglas A.
Although parenting is seen as one of the major roles most adults undertake in their lives, satisfaction with this role has received relatively little attention in past research. A study was conducted to examine parenting satisfaction as it relates to residence in an urban or rural setting. Urban (N=395) and rural (N=115) parents completed a survey instrument in which they rated their self-perceived parentiing satisfaction as well as their life satisfaction, marital satisfaction, and quality of their parenting. The results revealed a significant difference in parenting satisfaction between urban and rural subjects, with 79% of the urban sample reporting satisfaction with parenting compared to 87% of the rural sample. Ten variables including place of residence were placed into a stepwise multiple regression equation. Place of residence failed to enter the regression equation and was not a significant predictor of parent satisfaction. Thirty specific satisfactions were placed into a separate regression to predict parent satisfaction. Individual satisfactions were found to have little predictive value. Measures that did account for much of the variance were other self-perceived evaluations such as life satisfaction and marital satisfaction. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Symposium on Building Family Strengths (10th, Lincoln, NE, May 13-15, 1987).