Date of Award:

5-1973

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family Consumer Human Development

Department name when degree awarded

Family and Child Development

Committee

Carroll Lambert

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if the mothers' feelings of self-esteem influence her attitudes toward child behavior.

Two groups were studied: One group of mothers who were receiving psychotherapy, and one group who were not.

Data for this study were collected by individually interviewing twenty-five mothers who were receiving psychotherapy and twenty-five mothers who were not. The mothers were presented a standardized questionnaire with thirty-five items. The mothers' responses were evaluated and the two groups were compared.

The findings of this study indicate that the mothers' feelings of self-esteem do influence her attitudes toward child behavior and that there is a difference in attitudes between mothers receiving psychotherapy and those who are not.

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