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Joan E. Grusec & Judy Ungerer

In: Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations

Chapter 11: Effective Socialization as Problem Solving and the Role of Parenting Cognitions

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Effective Socialization as Problem Solving and the Role of Parenting Cognitions
Effective socialization as problem solving and the role of parenting cognitions
Joan E.GrusecJudyUngerer

Parents are given primary responsibility for the socialization of their children, that is, for encouraging them to adopt the values of society and for facilitating their optimal social and emotional development. During the course of socialization, parents are receptive and responsive to varying extents to the wishes and needs of their children, with the extent of that responsiveness dependent on the strength of their commitment to specific goals: When they care deeply about certain outcomes, they may be less likely to accept child input and modification than when they value those outcomes less highly. But even when parents stand firm in their socialization ...

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