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ERIC Number: ED367729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 10
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Parents' Opinions of the Uniform Student Dress Code.
Woods, Helen; Ogletree, Earl
The attitudes of parents toward a uniform student dress code were surveyed at a Chicago (Illinois) public school. Subjects were 15 Black parents (10 females and 5 males) and 15 Hispanic American parents (10 females and 5 males) who answered a questionnaire sent home with their children. The questionnaire examined attitudes toward designer clothing and peer pressure, uniform colors as a measure of safety, uniform dress as a financial savings, the impact of the dress code on self-esteem and academic achievement, and dress as a form of self-expression. Seventy-seven percent of parents agreed that children are pressured by their peers over clothing, and approximately 87 percent believed that uniforms eliminated some competition, although 60 percent disagreed that wearing uniforms promoted positive interactions among students. Most parents thought that uniform dress provided some protection against gangs and identification with gang clothing, and most felt that uniforms were more economical than the purchase of school clothes. A great majority (93 percent) thought that wearing uniforms helps children realize that clothes do not make the person. Parents seem to respond favorably to the uniform dress policy in this school, but parent involvement and support would seem to be a necessity for implementing such a policy. One table presents parent responses. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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