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Parental Power Legitimation and Its Effect on the Adolescent Glen H. Elder, Jr. Sociometry, Vol. 26, No. 1. (Mar., 1963), pp. 50-65. A study of a group of adolescents as young as 12 has shown that a child's feeling  of autonomy plays an important role in motivation and focus (Elder 1963). If  parents dictate all the child's actions he will be unlikely to be intrinsically  motivated to achieve in any area, even if they explain their reasons for requiring  certain actions. In fact, explanation of reasons is actually likely to "induce 
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Unformatted text preview: acceptance of such power and heighten passivity and indifference" (p. 63) in the child. If the parents do not explain themselves the child is more likely to"surrender" his "interests and involvements" and "frustrate his momentary need for completion" (Hoffman, pp. 131-132). However, if parents combine some decison-making independence with rule explanation this is likely to raise his self-confidence and motivation to achieve....
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