Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Human Development


Mary Ellin Logue

Second Committee Member

Sandra L. Caron

Third Committee Member

Robert M. Milardo


The findings of this study are based on the survey responses of 18 mothers living in a small northeastern city and the surrounding area who are currently or have recently finished toilet training a child. This study examined what factors parents actually consider when they make the decision to start toilet training, what toilet training methods they are using, where they are getting information about toilet training, and what they expect as they progress through the toilet training process. The surveys revealed a preference for child-oriented approaches, such as allowing a child's interest and comfort level to dictate toilet training progress. Parents were also very enthusiastic about using praise during toilet training.