Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name




First Advisor

Professor John D. Reid


The purpose of this thesis is to evaluate the researches of Robert D. Hess and Associates. This investigation is concerned with some of the socializing agencies that influence the child in the early years of his development. The findings reveal that the mother has the greatest influ ence upon the child's behavior. The influences of the mother tend to be more essential to their learning processes.

The first chapter deals with a review of current research that have been done on the socialization of the child. The results of these studies show different aspects of the socialization of the culturally deprived child.

The second chapter deals with reading readiness among urban Negro children. The lack of facility in reading is very damaging to the culturally deprived child. Maternal attitudes and behavior play a major part in the ability of the child to read.

Chapter III reveals that maternal attitudes toward the school play an essential role in the socialization of the child. The mother plays a constructive role in socializing the child to meet the expectations of the school system. This role is considered to be almost a necessity in the edu cational advancement of the culturally deprived child.

Chapter IV indicates that the behavior which leads to social, educa tional, and economic poverty is socialized in early childhood; that the basic quality involved is an absence of cognitive meaning in the mother-child com munication system; and that the growth of cognitive processes is a wide range of alternatives of action.

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