Adolescent attitude to authority : a study done at Boys' Town, Tongaat.

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dc.contributor.advisor Bojuwoye, O.
dc.creator Govender, Amutha.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-16T09:25:21Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-16T09:25:21Z
dc.date.created 2003
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/1751
dc.description Thesis (M.Ed.) -University of Durban-Westville, 2003. en_US
dc.description.abstract The present study investigates the attitude of adolescents to authority. Thirty-eight adolescents from Boys' Town, Tongaat, participated in this study. The intention of the study was to investigate the attitude of the boys to authority and to determine whether there was a difference in attitude to authority according to grade, race, parental academic background or type of family structure that the boys had. Generally the adolescents at Boys' Town, Tongaat, viewed the mother as authoritarian and the father as authoritative/flexible. Boys in grade 6-9 viewed both mother and father as authoritative/flexible while boys in grade 10-12 viewed both mother and father as permissive. The Indian and black adolescents viewed mother and father as authoritative/flexible while the white and coloured adolescents viewed mother and father as permissive. When parents had grade 12 or less qualification both mother and father were viewed as permissive. When parents had a post-matric qualification, both mother and father were viewed as authoritative/ flexible. Adolescents from single-family households found mother to be authoritative/flexible and father to be authoritarian. Adolescents from nuclear-family households found mother to be equally permissive and authoritative/flexible and father to be permissive. Adolescents from extended-family households found mother to be permissive and father to be authoritative/flexible. Adolescents from foster families found both mother and father to be authoritative/flexible. The positive changes that were brought about in the adolescents and in their relationship with their environment during their stay at Boys' Town, Tongaat, leads to the recommendation that the behaviour modification programme and the parenting skills workshop adopted by Boys' Town, be examined and assessed with the possible consideration for implementation at South African Schools and homes. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Theses--Education. en_US
dc.subject Adolescence. en_US
dc.subject Attitude (Psychology) en_US
dc.title Adolescent attitude to authority : a study done at Boys' Town, Tongaat. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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