Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

University students' perceptions of their parents' childrearing styles associated with their inclinations to become parents
by McCracken, Judi, M.A., West Virginia University, 2008, 49; 1471318
Abstract (Summary)

Researchers have associated Diane Baumrind's parenting styles (Baumrind, 1967; Baumrind, 1966; Baumrind, 1968; Baumrind, 1971) with countless outcomes among children, adolescents, and adults. However, few, if any, have investigated an age group's perceptions of their childrearing compared with their inclination to become parents. This study examined 67 West Virginia University students' responses to the Adapted Parenting Attribute Questionnaire (APAQ) completed by Child Development and Family Studies majors in 2007. The purpose was to determine patterns of perceptions in guardians' parenting styles, then compare the participants' inclinations to become parents and their rankings of importance (low, medium, or high; low and high) in becoming parents. After the scores of parenting styles were separated and calculated using SPSS, the six subscales of like parenting styles correlated significantly and positively. However, no significance was found between the perception of parenting styles and the ranking in importance of becoming parents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Warash, Barbara G.
School: West Virginia University
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Individual & family studies, Higher education
Publication Number: 1471318
ISBN: 978-1-109-42271-9
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