Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Robert M. Oswald

Second Advisor

Dr. Edward L. Trembley

Third Advisor

Dr. R. Brashear

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Simpson


The purpose of this study was to investigate the interrelationships of health in one's family-of-origin, one's parents' attitudes about parenting, personality style, personal effects of parental dysfunction and one's own parenting attitudes.

Subjects (N = 163) were adults from three different educational levels: adult education, community college and graduate school. Four different instruments were used in the collection of data: the Family-Of-Origin Scale, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (AV), a semantic differential on parenting and a second semantic differential on one's parents' parenting. Both parents and non-parents participated in the study. One way analysis of variance and Pearson correlation analysis were performed for significance.

Four of the five hypotheses about parenting attitudes were confirmed (p $<$.05). Namely, those predicting that past perceptions of both health within one's family-of-origin and one's parent's parenting, correlated with one's own parenting attitudes; one's personality style correlated with one's parenting attitudes; and reported personal effects from living with one or two dysfunctional parents correlated with one's perceived health in family-of-origin. Parental status was not a factor in the analysis.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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Counseling Commons