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ERIC Number: ED432369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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Childhood in Flanders from the Child's Point of View: A Large-Scale Survey among Six to Twelve-Year-Olds and Their Parents.
Van den Bergh, Bea
A large-scale representative survey was conducted in Flanders to assess the living conditions and competence of 6- to 12-year-old children. Subjects were 1,798 pupils from 68 primary schools who completed a questionnaire on different aspects of their lives and a Dutch version of Harter's Self-Perception Profile for Children. The 6- to 8-year-olds in the subject population completed an altered version of the questionnaire. Adult respondents included 1,240 parents and 113 teachers. Questions were broad and covered the following areas of children's lives: family, parents' employment, school environment, friends, and leisure. Among the findings were the following: the majority of children are living with their married biological parents. Most children feel happy in their families and have a good to very good relationship with their parents. Most like or love going to school and are happy with their teachers. The questionnaire, in which the child is the unit of observation and analysis and in which the entire attention is given to the child's point of view, is on the interface between sociology and psychology. It was concluded that it is possible to associate children as respondents in research and obtain reliable and scientifically justified information on children's living conditions. (An appendix describes the design and layout of children's questionnaires, including a sample page. Contains 48 references.) (LBT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium