Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Family and Child Development - Child Development

Research Sponsor

Dr. Susan Witt

First Reader

Dr. Shannon Zentall

Second Reader

Mrs. Sally Antonucci

Abstract

A wide array of parenting information is readily available to parents. But, not all of this information is correct or credible. A survey of 57 parents was conducted in order to determine the types of parenting information sources most preferred, how often sources were used, and what criteria, if any, were used to evaluate those sources. Results showed that parents were most likely to consult friends and relatives for parenting information, and least likely to consult social media. Overall, it was found that most parents know how to appropriately evaluate the information they receive, but that others rely only on their “gut” instinct. Discussion follows that outlines possible implications for future practice.

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