Title

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

Keywords

social psychology in children, Interpersonal relations in children, Personal Names

Abstract

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.

Notes

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Graduation Date

2000

Semester

Fall

Advisor

McGuire, Jack

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Program

Clinical Psychology

Format

Print

Language

English

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0022777

Subjects

Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences

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