ERIC Number: ED310847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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Parental Beliefs, Parental Accuracy, and Children's Development: A Search for Causal Relations.
Miller, Scott A.; And Others
This report discusses studies on the accuracy of parents' judgments of their children's cognitive abilities and preferences, and the relationship of the accuracy of parents' judgments to their child's level of development. Prior research showed that parents have some knowledge of their children's abilities, and that the more accurately parents judge their children's performance, the better the children perform. The studies reported in this paper covered alternative explanations for the conclusion that knowledge of one's child contributes to the quality of the parent-child relationship and the child's development. The first study aimed to clarify the nature and effects of parental accuracy. The study included children at two age levels, their fathers and mothers, and five different cognitive tasks to which the child responded. This design allowed the researchers to see whether parents' accuracy varied as a function of type of cognitive ability and whether parents were consistent in judging their children. The second study examined parents' knowledge of their children's preferences. Findings confirmed a relationship between parents' accuracy and their child's cognitive level. Concluding discussion explores four possible explanations for such a relationship. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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