Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.




Socialization refers to the processes by which children, and also adults, learn all aspects of the behaviours and customs of the social groups to which they belong or are joining, enabling them to become functioning human beings in the contexts in which they live.


The process by which people learn the culture – behaviour and customs – of their societies and settings is known as socialization. Primary socialization generally occurs in families or other care relationships when children are infants. It involves the internalization of norms and expectations and the acquisition of the behaviours necessary to function as a member of society. Socialization can also refer to learning the culture of a new group that an individual has joined, such as starting a new job. ...

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