Effect of the mother on goal setting behavior of the asthmatic child
Morris, Robert Peter
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This study was a partial test of the hypothesis that there is a specific kind of relationship between asthmatic children and their mothers. The central postulate was that the mothers of asthmatic children are over controlling of these children and overly dependent and conforming, particularly in the area of achievement. There were two hypotheses: (1) asthmatic child-mother pairs behave more like one another with respect to goal setting then non-asthmatic child-mother pairs, and, (2) the asthmatic child's level of goal setting rises when the mother is present and participating in the goal setting. These hypotheses were tested by means of a modified level of aspiration procedure. Twenty asthmatic children of latency age and twenty controls were administered the Rotter Aspiration Board task, one series of trials when they were each alone with the experimenter, one series when the child's mother was present and participating in the goal setting activity. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D)--Boston University
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