The development of a scale to assess attitudes toward teenage parents

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dc.contributor.advisor Kiselica, Mark S. en_US Rotzien, Andrea Lee en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:36:09Z 2011-06-03T19:36:09Z 1992 en_US 1992
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1992 .R6 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to develop a valid and reliable scale to measure attitudes toward teenage parents. The instrument, called the Attitude Toward Teen Parent Scale (ATTPS), was based on Robinson's (1988a) suggested myths about teenage fathers. The ATTPS consisted of 20, Likerttype items and was administered to 133 volunteer undergraduate students attending Ball State University. A series of exploratory principal component factor analyses were conducted to identify independent factors represented by the ATTPS. A four-factor solution, accounting for 54% of the variance on the ATTPS was retained . The internal consistency reliability for the ATTPS was .67. Two factors were interpreted as "psychological deviance" (alpha = .77) and "supportive involvement" (alpha = .66). The other two factors were not interpretable. These findings suggested that the ATTPS measured two independent constructs. It was suggested that future research should further test the validity and reliability of the ATTPS by focusing on the two interpretable factors identified in this study, and by increasing the items on the scale as well as the number of subjects tested. Further studies should also examine attitudes among different populations (e.g., varying by race, sex, age, profession) toward teenage parents.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services
dc.format.extent v, 27 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teenage fathers -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teenage parents -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Public opinion -- Indiana -- Muncie. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Attitude (Psychology) -- Testing. en_US
dc.subject.other Ball State University -- Students -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.title The development of a scale to assess attitudes toward teenage parents en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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