Mother-child relation in single-parent family
This research attempts to study mother-child relations in single-parent families of marital disruption. 3,554 children aged between 10 and lb from nine scnools were screened for parental absence. The Screening, Child and Parent Questionnaires were devised for the purposes of detection and in-depth exploration. They comprised the Chinese Roe & Siegelman Parent-Child Relations subscales (Chu, 1975), indexes of relational quality, selected subscales of Parental Attitude Scale (Boey, 1976), and questions pertaining to specific areas investigated. Comparison between mother-child relations of single-parent families and intact families was made possible b^ 3 8 motner-child pairs from each group obtained from the screening sample. Careful matching of the two groups ensured comparability.
Results show that the number of children living in single-parent homes is considerable. More children dre affected by fdther-absence but there is almost equal proportion of father-absence to mother-absence in homes of divorce/separation/desertion. Mother-child relations in single-parent families differ from intact families in being highly demanding and punitive. Sex difference in relationship is found, with ooys worst off than girls. Other variables explored, eg. child's resemblance, reveal interesting findings. Consistencies and unexpected findings are discussed with suggestions for future studies.
School:The University of Hong Kong
School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:mother and child single parent families
Date of Publication:01/01/1985