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ERIC Number: ED323007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Significant Others of Young Children: Child and Parent Perceptions.
Bailey, Becky A.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to discover who constituted the significant others of 101 rural, Caucasian children of 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8 years of age. The study was also meant to determine what family demographic variables might predict a child's selection of significant others and the possible relationship between a mother's perception of her child's significant others and the child's perception. Children participated in a structured oral interview and parents completed a questionnaire. Descriptive statistics, canonical correlations, and Pearson's correlations were used to obtain results. Family and friends were the main significant others for young children. Children did not consider teachers or child care providers to be as significant. Age of the child was the most prominent predictor of significant others, while the most predictable category of significant other was family members. Parental report of their offspring's significant other was inaccurate and age-related. The younger the child, the less the parent was aware who was perceived by the child as significant. Study findings indicate that the theoretical assumptions held for decades as to who constitutes the significant others of young children may not be accurate. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A