Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Family Consumer Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

Jay D. Schvaneveldt


Jay D. Schvaneveldt


Glen Jenson


David Stone


The purpose of this study was to assess parental preference as perceived by Basque adolescents. A questionnaire was administered to adolescents during the summer months of 1977 in Boise, Idaho and Salt Lake City, Utah. The questionnaire included the Parent- Affinity Perception Scale (Miller, 1972) with a Likert-type scale showing how much the adolescent preferred mother or father and a cover sheet to determine the degree of "Basqueness" of the subjects. The sample included 27 males and 37 females.

The findings indicate a strong preference for "mother" over "father" by both males and females at all ages. Basque adolescent males". preference for father did increase with age where the females did not show an increased preference for father with the advancement of age.

Results from the profile indicate Basque adolescents think of themselves as "Basques" with major identifying characteristics of the Basque people being customs, having fun, being proud, and identification with the family. A large majority of the subjects go to Basque centers and are active in religious programs. Unlike the traditional Basque family, disciplining in this sample population seems to be shared by both parents.

The Likert-type scale indicating degree of affinity showed more adolescents definitely chose mother as the preferred parent than did adolescents definitely preferring father. Chi-square tests for males indicated no relation existed between parental preference and the degree of affinity for the chosen parent but for females a strong positive maternal relationship exists.