ERIC Number: ED354441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Relationships between Perceptions of Personal and Family Functioning, Defensive Functioning, and Working Models of Caregiving.
Meyers, Steven A.; And Others
Current psychological literature suggests that positive representations of self and others are associated with sensitivity of caregiving. This study was designed to examine the relationship among self-perceptions, perceptions of family functioning, and caregiving schemata in 618 undergraduates (437 females, 181 males) enrolled in Introductory Psychology courses at Michigan State University. It was hypothesized that mental representations of personal characteristics (e.g., perceptions of an agentic versus a neurotic self) and representations of family functioning (e.g., perceptions of a psychologically healthy versus unhealthy family) would be systematically associated with the characteristics of respondents'"working model" of caregiving. It was further hypothesized that this relationship would be affected by defensive operations which allow the individual to regulate anxiety. Three measures of data were used: (1) Sensitivity To Children (STC) questionnaire; (2) Defense Mechanism Inventory (DMI); and (3) Perception of Personal and Family Characteristics (PPFC) questionnaire. Although results indicated that perceptions of personal functioning, perceptions of family functioning, and defensive functioning are systematically related, no consistent evidence was found to support the hypothesis that perceptions of personal and family system characteristics relate to aspects of respondents'"working models" of caregiving assessed via subject responses to a series of hypothetical parent-child problem situations. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (64th, Chicago, IL, May 1992).