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Lecture 30

PSYC2450 Lecture 30: The Family - Guest Lecture


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 2450
Professor
Carol Anne Hendry
Lecture
30

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Monday,March28th,2016.
Lecture30:Guestlecture:SharonHau
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TheFamily
 Whatisafamily?
 Aninstitutionthatcaresforandservestosocializechildren
 Other“institutions”(orways/factors)thatalsosocializechildren?
 School,church,media,children’sgroup(sportsteams,daycare,etc.)
 Familyistheprimaryagentofsocializationbecausethatiswheremostchildren
spendmostoftheirtime.
 Familyasasystem
 Transactional,dynamic,complex
 Dynamic:constantlychangingaschildrengrowanddevelop,andparentsgrow
andchange.Learntobalanceneedsofkids/parents.
 Transactional:childrenalsoinfluenceparents,recognizingeachother'sneeds
 Allfamiliesareembeddedwithinalargerculturalandsubculturalcontexts
 Stereotypes
 “Nuclearfamily”:mother,father,child.
 Usedtobe50%offamilies,now12%
 Divorceratesarehigher,moregenderequality,moreworking
women,moreelderlyfamilymembersstayinginthehousetoo.
 Traditionalnuclear:mom,dad,twokids.
 Parentingdimensions
 acceptance/responsiveness:theamountofsupportandaffectionthataparent
displays
 Caring,warm,smiling,givingpraise,motivatestoachievegoalsfroma
parentwhohashighresponsiveness
 demanding/control:amountofregulation/supervisionparentsundertake
 Curfews,routines,rules,activelymonitoringchildren’sbehaviourfroma
parentwhodemonstrateshighcontrol.
 Authoritative:accepting/responsiveandcontrolling/demanding
 Controllingbutflexible,moreaccepting
 Child:highemotionandsocialskills,selfreliance,selfconfidence
 Authoritarian:aloof/unresponsive,controlling/demanding
 Imposerules,expectobedienceandauthority
 Anxious,withdrawn,lackspontaneity
 Permissive:accepting/uncontrolling
 Accepting,fewdemands,rarelyexertfirmcontrol
 Immature,difficultycontrollingimpulses
 Uninvolved:aloof/unresponsive,uncontrolling
 Extremelylaxandundemanding
 Noncompliantanddemanding
 Whichstyleismosteffective?
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