Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. J. Ross Eshelman

Second Advisor

Dr. James A. Schellenberg

Third Advisor

Dr. Lewis Walker

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access



The Problem

The problem in this investigation is to determine the characteristics of lower status Negro mothers and their families and to determine whether specific characteristics are associated with the utilization or acceptance of traditional or developmental child rearing attitudes. More specifically, this investigation will attempt to determine what cognate relationships prevail in the various segments of lower status Negro mothers with respect to their exhibiting traditional or developmental child rearing attitudes and their relative social status position, family composition, and mother's social contact frequency.

It appears that in order to make more reliable generalizations about the Negro families located at any specified position in the status structure, it is imperative that further studies seek more precise statements about them. Accordingly, this study aims to focus primarily on the lower status Negro family. In order to make more precise statements about these families, this study conceives of the lower status family as being located at different points on a status continuum. It appears that such an approach should yield a more definitive answer to the question of whether traditional child rearing attitudes are pervasive among lower status Negro mothers.