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Chapter 12 - The Family How Children Develop (3rd ed.)...

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The Family How Children Develop (3rd ed.) Chapter 12
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A Chinese Experiment l The People’s Republic of China announced in 1979 a dramatic program to reduce overpopulation: a limit of one child per family in urban populations. l For developmental psychologists, the program represented a natural experiment to study how the structure of the family affects children’s development.
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A Chinese Experiment l Surprisingly to some, recent findings indicate virtually no differences between “onlies” and other children in regard to social behavior and personality. l As “onlies” became more common, they were less likely to be spoiled. l In essence, the larger world affects what goes on in families, and culture can have a tremendous effect on families and interactions among family members.
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Overview l I. The Nature and Functions of the Family l II. The Influence of Parental Socialization l III. Mothers, Fathers, and Siblings l IV. Changes in Families in the United States l V. Maternal Employment and Child Care
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I. The Nature and Functions of the Family A. Functions of Families B. Family Dynamics
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A. Functions of Families 1. The most fundamental function is to ensure the survival of offspring by providing for their needs. 2. Families also serve an economic function by providing the means for children to acquire the skills and other resources they will need to be economically productive as adults. 3. In addition, families provide cultural training by teaching children the basic values of the culture.
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B. Family Dynamics l How the family operates as a whole determines to a great extent how well a family fulfills its basic child-rearing functions. l Conclusions regarding family dynamics: l Family members all influence one another, both directly and indirectly. l Family functioning is influenced by the social support the family receives from the sociocultural context, including extended-family members and institutions such as churches. l Family dynamics must be examined developmentally because dynamics change as children reach different ages.
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Family Dynamics l Family dynamics may also be altered by changes in the parents and in the relationships of other family members, and may be modified by both gradual and abrupt changes in the family structure. l The biological characteristics of children contribute to parent-child interaction, and the biological characteristics of family members affect family interactions.
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l Although adolescents and their parents have fairly frequent disagreements, they generally argue over mundane matters, such as hair style. l A great deal of research has shown that there is actually little increase in reported child-parent conflicts between grades 6 and 10. l
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course PSY 330 taught by Professor Patriciamiller during the Fall '10 term at S.F. State.

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