Date of Award

5-1-2002

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

Social Work and Public Health

First Advisor

Hattie M. Mitchell

Abstract

This study examined truant youth's and non-truant youth's attitude toward their parents. The hypothesis stated there will be no statistical significant relationship between truant youth's and non-truant youth's attitude toward their parents. The sample of 30 male youths between the ages of 13 and 18 was taken from the Fulton County Juvenile Court and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. The researcher used a 25 question instrument called the Child's Attitude Toward Father and Mother Scale to measure truant youth's and non-truant youth's attitude toward their parents. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) was used for data analysis. The data was analyzed using frequencies, descriptive analysis, and Chi-square. Comparing truant youths and non-truant youths, using Chi-square, indicated that all of the differences between the two groups were not statistically significant. The researcher found that truant youths and non-truant youths did not differ significantly in their attitudes toward their parents. The conclusions drawn from the findings suggest that a youth's attitude toward their parents may not impact their school attendance.

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