ERIC Number: ED320070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Parenting Styles of Lower Class Minority Mothers.
Ross, Wendy Middlemiss; And Others
Efforts were undertaken to develop a parental interview for determining parenting style of parents of children of all ages and children within several subcultural groups. The interview provided mothers with descriptions of common situations in the home and asked the mothers to choose specific responses representing the following parenting styles: authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. These styles, identified through a review of parenting literature, combined traditional definitions of these approaches to parenting with other research regarding distancing techniques and parenting styles. Mothers were also asked to describe a situation as similar to the situation presented as possible. Preliminary data gathered from interviews of 21 lower class mothers showed that the mothers were not stylistically consistent in the forced-choice portion of the interview (consistency meaning choice of the same style for 8 out of 12 responses). The most common style chosen by mothers in the forced-choice responses was authoritative. In the descriptive portion, mothers were also inconsistent; however, the most common style of response was authoritarian. No significant correlations were found between forced-choice and descriptive portions of the interview. (The interview questionnaire is included, along with references.) (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).