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Children’s socially acceptable and unacceptable behaviors and continuation of problem behaviors can be seen as a systematic product of their environment. This environment is dictated by the rules that are formulated, set in place, and enforced by parents and guardians. Rules are explicit or implicit regulations governing the conduct of a particular activity, person, subsystem, or system. This entry explores types of rules, their specific application and enforcement, and how rule-setting directly impacts and facilitates certain behavioral outcomes in children.

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It is important to consider the home environment and expectations of parents when analyzing rules and their effects on children. Rules provide structure and an understanding of consequences. Environmental influences, particularly the home surroundings, play an important role in the development of a child. Children ...

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