Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2015)
Influence of socio economic status on protecting behavior of parents
Author(s): Ramya Bhaskar, Komala M
Abstract: The relationship between adolescents and parents is one of the most unique relationships in the family. It provides a frame work within which the child may find roots, continuity and a sense of belongingness. ‘Fathering’ and ‘Mothering’ symbolizes emotional support, protection, interpersonal sensitivity, socialization and patronage. A total of 600 adolescents in the age group of 15 – 16 years in Mysore City were selected for the present study to find the influence of socio economic status on protecting behavior of parents. Out of 600 selected subjects 300 were adolescent boys and 300 were adolescent girls. The results revealed that there is a significant difference between the gender and fathers’ protecting behavior. The mean scores (34.63) of mothers exhibited equal degree of protecting behavior towards both adolescent boys and girls. The mean scores on protecting behavior of fathers and mothers of different socio economic groups’ did not differ significantly. However, fathers of middle class and mothers of lower class exhibited comparatively high degree of protecting behavior towards adolescent boys. The mean scores on protecting behavior of fathers and mothers of different socio-economic groups showed a significant and highly significant difference towards adolescent girls respectively. The fathers and mothers of middle class exhibited comparatively a high degree of protecting behavior towards adolescent girls. On the whole a significant difference was observed in protecting behavior between the fathers of different socio economic groups although mean scores of mothers of different socio economic groups did not differ significantly towards adolescents. Nevertheless, the mothers of middle class exhibited comparatively a high degree of protecting behavior. Difference of experience in parent-adolescent relationship with respect to protecting behavior is notable. The quality of parent-adolescent relationship is a key component to healthy adolescent development. Secure bond between parents and adolescents permit them to grow and explore independently.