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Title: Parenteral attitudes and the development of reflective thought in children.
Author: Linford, A. J.
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1984
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This study is an expLoratory investigation into the possibiLity of a reLationship between parental attitudes and the deveLopment of refLective thought in chiLdren. It was hypothesized that parentaL attitudes, especially with regards to social control within the family, affect the development of reflective thought in children, and this will be revealed by individuaL differences in reading ability. It was further hypothesized that one of the primary mechanisms responsible is the development of role-taking ability. Twenty-four infant school children, ages 4 years 2 months to 4 years 11 months, and their families were the subjects of investigation. Estimates obtained included: mothers' attitudes to child rearing and methods of control, children's I.Q., role-taking ability, level of cognitive development, and reading ability. An estimate of sociaL adjustment in school was also obtained. Results indicated relationships between attitudes and control strategies, attitudes and role-taking and role-taking and reading. Some relationships were found between overall scores and reading scores. ALL other relationships found were between sub-scales of each measure. It was concluded that support for the hypothesis had been found when results were interpreted in light of previous findings and theoretical formulations. The implications of intelligence, age, language and the experimental situation are discussed and the importance of context in interpreting results are emphasized. It is concluded that the investigation was productive as an exploratory investigation. Recommendations include the running of the study using a larger sample, together with further measures with which to take account of the 'total milieu' or context.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Psychology Psychology