ERIC Number: ED370718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Information Use among Parents of Preschool-Aged Children: Links to Parent and Child Gender, Domain of Development, and Child's Developmental Level.
Peet, Susan H.
This study explored the way parents use information sources for information about their child's motor, social, and cognitive development. This study sought to identify: (1) variations in parental use of information based on the domain of the child's development for which the parent sought information; (2) the role of parent and child gender in patterns of parental information use; and (3) the extent to which parental information use varies with indicators of the child's development. Sixty parents of 3-year-olds were interviewed about the size of their information network, frequency of use of information sources, and usefulness of information sources. These items were related to the variables of parent and child gender, domain of child's development, and child's developmental level. Analysis showed that information use varied according to all four variables, most importantly for the domain of the child's development. Results also showed that: (1) parents had significantly larger information networks for information about their child's social development than cognitive and motor development; (2) fathers, more than mothers, used cognitive information sources, and found them to be more useful; (3) parents of girls who scored in the lowest third of the sample on a vocabulary test had significantly larger information networks than did parents of other girls; and (4) parents of boys used information sources more than did parents of girls. (TM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).