ERIC Number: ED355467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Hearing My Mother's Voice: A Study of Sisters and Mothers.
There seems to be an assumption among many people that parents can mold the later adult personality of their offspring by manipulating their childhood upbringing. To tease out the variables in childrearing and to discover some of the sources of the childbearing practices of mothers in the 1980s, a study of sisters and their mothers (N=48) in the Wellington, New Zealand region was undertaken. Pairs (N=50) of sisters between the ages of 28 and 38 who had children were interviewed about their perceptions of their mothers' ideas on breastfeeding, toilet-training, "spoiling," and mealtime rules. They were asked what they remembered about their mothers' attitudes toward discipline, education, "working mothers," sexuality, and racism. The women were asked to respond to an audio tape which featured the statements of a 6-year-old child in various play situations. The results demonstrated differences in the disciplinary ideas of the 1980s sisters and the 1950s mothers. The women interviewed were questioned about whether they thought that they were following their mothers' ideas. A large number said that they heard their mothers' voice in their heads. Thirty-one percent said that they were following their mothers' ideas, 40% said that they had modified them, and 29% said that they definitely were not following their mothers' ideas. Alternative sources of information were found to be books, early childhood organizations, other family members, friends, and professionals, but not television. The questionnaire schedule is appended. (Contains 93 references and 21 tables.) (ABL)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Foreign Countries, Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parenting Skills
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand