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ERIC Number: ED399067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
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Grandfather Involvement in Childrearing and the School Performance of Ojibwa Children.
Williams, Edith; And Others
Nineteen Ojibwa families with 3- to 11-year-olds from Bay Mills reservation in Michigan were studied to identify: (1) the relationship between quantity and quality of grandfather involvement in their grandchild's rearing and the grandchild's academic and social functioning; and (2) antecedents to this involvement. Quantity of grandfather involvement was assessed using a modified version of the Paternal Involvement in Child Care Index. Quality of grandfather nurturance was assessed with a modified version of the Parent Perception Inventory. Children's academic functioning was measured through grades, teacher evaluations, and the Otis-Lennon School Ability IQ Test. For social functioning, teachers completed the Child Behavior Check List and the American Indian Adaptive Functioning Check List. Findings indicated that father's perception of a higher level of grandfather involvement in childrearing was related to higher language report card grades and higher teacher ratings of the child as a future community leader. Overall, perception of a higher quantity of grandfather childrearing was related to higher boys' science and math grades and teacher ratings of the child as less self-destructive. The greater the amount of time the grandfather spent as primary caregiver, the better the child's social functioning in areas believed important to Native American populations. Grandfathers who were working and healthy spent more time as primary caregivers than unemployed or unhealthy grandfathers. Mothers' reports of higher grandfather nurturance may be associated with lower Otis-Lennon IQ scores. Fathers' reports of higher grandfather nurturance may be associated with higher language grades. (Contains 42 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan