Project #84778 - psych parent interview

By the time children reach two or three years of age, parents begin to acquire a strategy for raising them. Parents reward some behaviors and punish others. In addition, parents may become sensitive to their function as role models for their young children. In order for you to understand parenting styles more fully, and for you to appreciate the differences between parents in their approaches to child-rearing, you will be asked to interview TWO different parents, NOT from the same household (preferably of preschool age children but they may be older if necessary). In other words, the two parents should not be the parents of the same children. You may have friends or relatives who are parents of young children and would cooperate with you in doing this. It is not appropriate to use yourself or your co-parent as an interviewee for this assignment.

Once you have selected the parents, you will need to develop a unique list of questions you would like to ask them about childrearing. Include in your list of questions the following:

  1. How old and what gender are your children?
  2. How do you expect your children (child) to act toward you? Toward other children? (ask for examples)
  3. How do you go about teaching your children (child) these behaviors? Do you provide an example or model for them?
  4. What do you usually do when your children (child) disobey you or do not behave in the way you would like them to?
  5. Do you allow your children to make decisions? If so, what kinds of decisions? (ask for examples)
  6. What are the most difficult aspects of raising your children? The easiest?
  7. Are there similarities in the way your raise your children and the way your parents raised you? If so, describe. Are there differences? If so, describe.

With your list of questions in hand, interview each parent separately. Begin by introducing yourself (if the parent is a stranger) and your purpose in asking the questions. Then ask the parent the questions you have prepared. You may want to ask to record the interview so you can listen without taking notes. Be sure to ask for permission.

The next step is to try to determine the parenting style of each interviewee using the four dimensions of parenting (Communication, Warmth and Nurturance, Clarity and Consistency of Rules, and Expectations and Maturity Demands). Please use the Parenting Styles Worksheet Preview the documentView in a new windowto help you analyze the parents' responses. Also refer to Parenting Styles.pdfPreview the documentView in a new window for more information about the four dimensions.

After you have interviewed all parents, re-read the section on parenting styles (in your textbook) and compile a description of each parent’s style of care taking. Compare the different styles. What similarities and differences do you notice? What did you learn by conducting these interviews? You might even want to ask your own parents to respond to your list of questions on parenting. Write up your results including their responses to the questions above. Be sure to provide evidence from the interviews and reference course materials to support your claims about their types of parenting styles.

Remember to protect the identity of your participants. Identify the parents with a pseudonym or by providing some background – years married, number of children, education, etc. Submit your response in a 3-4 page paper (APA style). Remember to include your list of questions at the end of your paper.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 10/03/2015 11:00 am
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