The Relation of Parental Authority to Children’s Behavior and Attitudes


Marian J. Radke

The Relation of Parental Authority to Children’s Behavior and Attitudes was first published in 1946. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

No. 22, Institute of Child Welfare Monograph Series

This study makes an important contribution to the knowledge of parent-child relationships. Its conclusions are based upon a careful and accurate description of the nature of discipline and authority patterns in a selected group of families and upon the determination of their effects in the behavior and attitudes of children. Projective and other techniques were used in studying the children’s relations.

The subjects for Marian Radke’s investigation were 543 children enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Welfare, together with their parents. The children’s ages ranged from 3 years and 10 months to 5 years and 10 months.

Analysis of the data obtained from these children and their parents has been carefully directed toward reaching a clearer understanding of the young child’s perception of complex social relationships and of the role of the home in the social behavior of the child.

Marian J. Radke was an instructor in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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