Child Observational Study

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This study chose to, “examine the potential intergenerational transmission of social skills and psychosocial problems (i.e., loneliness and anxiety) among a sample of 255 father-mother-adult child triads,” (Burke et al., 2013). Burke, Woszidlo, & Sergin (2013) argued that one of the primary places to learn any kind of social skills is in a family setting. How a parent communicates with others arounds them can influence their child and can even go as far as predicting what kind of social skills their child will develop. This study focuses on young adult children as they are not only influenced by their parents, but also by their roommates and peers around them that could potential overrule the effects of the parental model (Burke et al., 2013). …show more content…
For example it might ask, “ Expressing sympathy for a friend who recently just lost their grandparent,” and the participant would rate how comfortable they might be in that situation. Positive relation skills were assessed by using Ryff’s Positive Relations with Others Scale of Physical Well-Being, which were also situational questions rated on a 1-5 scale. Loneliness was tested on the UCLA Loneliness Scale.
Participants were undergrad college students enrolled in southwestern university, and were asked to send the survey after they completed it to their parents. They were offered extra credit towards their grade if they finished the survey and sent it to their parents. The results ended up showing that there is a significant relation between a fathers social skills
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The undergraduates were offered extra credit towards their class grade. Participants were asked to send a survey to the parents they lived with the longest after the completed their own. Three different types of scales were used for this survey. The judge to positive relations aspect of the family participants used Ryff’s Positive Relations with Others scale. To assess the family conflict environment participants where then tested on the Conflict subscale of the Family Environment scale. And finally to assess the participant’s loneliness, they used Russel’s UCLA Loneliness scale. The results ended up being that there as a significant influence on a child’s self disclosure skill and conflict that took place in the family (Burke et al., 2012). This study could have been better evaluated by having actual participants be monitored in how they interact and handle rough situations with their family members on top of the survey that they already

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