What's in a Name? Exploring the Effects of Maternal Similarity of Last Name, Socioeconomic Status, Behavior, and Child's Sex on Attitudes Toward Children
social psychology in children, Interpersonal relations in children, Personal Names
The effects of maternal similarity of last name, socioeconomic status (SES), behavior, and child's sex on college students' attitudes toward children were assessed using photographical and textual vignette manipulations describing a hypothetical child. Attitudes were measured using the newly developed Child Attribution Scale (CAS) and the Social Interaction Scale for Children (SIS-C). Results yielded effects of the child's behavior on attractiveness and overall attributions in the form of a main effect and interaction effect with SES. Also, CAS and SIS-C scores were largely influenced by an interaction between SES, maternal last name, and, at times, the child's sex. These findings suggest that maternal similarity of last name plays an important yet complex role in the formation of impressions of children.
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Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
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Gerber, Teresa Napolitano, "What's in a Name? Exploring the Effects of Maternal Similarity of Last Name, Socioeconomic Status, Behavior, and Child's Sex on Attitudes Toward Children" (2000). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 1843.