ERIC Number: ED285695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Predictors of Mothering: A Longitudinal Study.
Grossman, Frances K.; And Others
This study examined the quality and quantity of interactions between mothers and their firstborn 5-year-olds. These interactions were considered longitudinally within the context of a family perspective. The goals were to delineate predictors of the quantity and quality of mothering from the women's adaptation and from their husbands' characteristics. Self-report scales, observations, and semistructured interviews were used. Demographic, not psychological or marital, characteristics were the strongest predictors of the time women spent with their 5-year-olds. No concurrent variables from women's lives predicted the quality of their interactions. However, concurrent variables from their husbands' lives predicted the extent to which mothers were able to support the autonomy and affiliation of their children. (Author/PCB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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).