Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Child Development and Family Relations


Child Development and Family Relations

First Advisor

George T. Fitzelle


The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship of democrats, authoritarian and equalitarian parental attitudes with the sex preference of children.

The sample consisted of 30 children who were attending the University Nursery School and their parents. The children were given the "IT Scale for Children" to measure their sex-preference. Parents were given the Parental Attitude Research Instrument and the Husband-Wife Decision Making Questionnaire to measure parental attitudes and decision making.

Correlation was computed between parental attitudes (PARI) and parental decision making (Blood Scale) and sex preference of children (ITSC). The results showed that there was no relationship between two of the Parental Attitude Research Instrument, and the Blood Scale and the sex-preference of children. Boys scored higher on the ITSC Scale than girls. Children with the same-sex elder sibling had significantly higher sex preference scores (ITSC) than children, who had no siblings, opposite-sex elder sibling, or only younger sibling.



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