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Kilpatrick, Julia||Rockwood, Catherine

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Home Economics


Clothing and dress--Study and teaching (Elementary)--Illinois--Joliet; Clothing and dress


The purpose of this study was to survey the clothing practices of girls in three Joliet Junior High Schools. Both the girls and their mothers were asked to identify the practices. Analysis of these practices was made as a basis for updating the present clothing curriculum. The questionnaire method was used for this study. Questionnaires were answered by the girl and her mother. Each contained two sections: Personal data and clothing practices. These questionnaires were given to 475 grade eight girls' and their mothers' during the year 1962-1963. One hundred and fifty six girls and their mothers or a total of 312 questionnaires were selected from the total group by systematic sampling for analysis. The following conclusions may be drawn from a study of the results: 1. Mothers do assume the responsibility for the care of the daughters clothing, except in two instances as shown by the study. The girl hangs up her garments after wearing and she selects a wardrobe that fits together nicely. 2. Mothers' are right in their thinking that grade eight girls consider the factor contributing to personal attractiveness to be more important in their clothing selection rather than the influence of fashion and friends. 3. Grade eight girls sew because they enjoy wearing the clothes they make. 4. The girl who prefers to wear the clothes she makes rates her skill as good or fair. 3. School is an important source of teaching clothing. Ninety five girls said that their training in clothing up to grade eight was obtained from their elementary school. 6. The pattern is a good tool because one hundred and five girls said they make use of the pattern guide sheet that comes with the pattern.


Includes bibliographical references.


vi, 67 pages




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