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1 Expanding Social Horizons: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood Chapter 7

2 Family Relationships Learning Objectives What is a systems approach to parenting? What are the primary dimensions of parenting? How do they affect children’s development? What determines how siblings get along? How do first born, later born and only children differ? How do divorce and remarriage affect children? What factors lead children to be maltreated?

3 The Family as a System Older views saw child development as primarily the result of parent’s actions Current views, Systems View, of child rearing view the family as a system with parents and children affecting each other In addition, the family system is impacted by outside influences such as extended family, community, and even larger entities

4 Dimension and Styles of Parenting Parenting can be viewed through the dimension of warmth and responsiveness and control -Children of warm parents feel secure, happy and are generally well behaved -Children of hostile or uninvolved parents may be anxious and less controlled Parenting can also be viewed involving control with the controlling parent at one end and the uninvolved parent at the other end of the spectrum Intermediate amount of control is best.

5 Dimension and Styles of Parenting The dimension of control affects parenting effectiveness -Children of over controlling parents may feel unable to develop standards of behavior on their own A balance of good control, communication, and warmth results in children with an understanding of what is expected and invites dialogue

6 Parenting Styles Authoritarian parenting combines high control with little warmth -Hard work, respect, and obedience are encourage. -Little give and take and parents do not explain their decisions Authoritative parenting combines moderate control with warmth and responsiveness -Rules are explained and decision making is encouraged

7 Parenting Styles Indulgent permissive parenting provides warmth and little control -Use little punishment and accept their children’s behavior Indifferent uninvolved parenting involves little warmth or control -Parents not involved with their children -Basic physical and emotional needs met -Minimize their time with their children -Avoid becoming emotionally involved with the child

8 Parenting Styles Styles of parenting have different effects on children’s development -Authoritative parents -children tend to be more responsible, self- reliant, and friendly -Authoritarian parents -children have low self-esteem and are less skilled socially -Indulgent-permissive parents -Children are often impulsive and easily frustrated, little self control -Indifferent-uninvolved parents -Children often have low self-esteem, are aggressive impulsive and moody

9 Variations Associated with Culture and Socioeconomic Status European-American parents -value warmth and moderate control in order to encourage independence and self reliance Asian and Latin American parents -individualism is not highly valued -cooperation and collaboration is encouraged with more emotional restraint and control Lower social economic status leads to more authoritarian styles

10 Parental Behavior What specific behaviors can parent’s use to influence their children? Direct instruction, modeling, feedback (reinforcement, punishment) Parents who use direct instruction tell children what to do, and when and why -Most powerful when combined with modeling Learning by observation is effective, especially if paired with counterimitation, or learning what should not be done.

11 Parental Behavior Direct instruction, telling child what to do, when, and why is better than just telling them what to do Parents can coach children in social skills such as inviting a child over privately so as not to hurt the feelings of those not invited Modeling is a powerful tool in teaching children what is to be done as well as counterimitation – teaching what not to do such as a child seeing parent punish a sibling for bad behavior.

12 Feedback Negative reinforcement trap -a child cries, complains or whines until the parent relents and provides what the child desires Punishment -most effective when: -immediate -consistent -informative (providing an explanation and a way to avoid in the future -administered by a person with whom the child has a warm and affectionate relationship

13 Punishment Side effects and drawbacks -temporarily effective, suppressive child does not learn new behaviors to replace the bad behaviors Children upset by punishment, may not understand the purpose of the consequences Physical punishment may result in aggression as a means to resolve disputes with other children Physical punishment can result in mental health problems, impaired parent-child relationships, delayed cognitive development.

14 Punishment Time outs -brief, effective and informative, allows time to calm down and then talk to child about why he was punished and how to avoid future punishment

15 Influences of the Marital System Chronic severe parental conflict is harmful to children -Jeopardizes the child’s feelings of a stable family -Affects the parent-child relationship, parent may use same style of resolving conflict with the child -Parents in conflict may be too preoccupied for high quality parenting - Children are more prone to become anxious, withdrawn, chronic illnesses

16 Influences of the Marital System When parents find mutually acceptable solutions children respond positively to conflict Some parents don’t work well together, compete for child’s attention, Some parents act as gatekeepers limiting the participation of the other parent

17 Children’s Contributions: Reciprocal Influence Children’s characteristics affect how parents treat them -age temperament and behavior

18 Siblings As families grow, sibling relationships become more complex -Toddlers talk more to mothers than older siblings -By 4 years old, children talk more to older siblings than their mothers -One effect of a sibling’s birth is that fathers interact more with older children A birth of another child is stressful and may result in withdrawal or regression

19 Adopted Children 2-4% of U.S. children are adopted Adopted children are more likely to be prone to conduct disorders and adjustment problems in school -more likely the older the child’s age at the time of adoption -related to the quality of care before adoption Most adopted children do quite well

20 Impact of Birth Order First born children -Parents are enthusiastic but inexperienced -Parents are demanding and have high expectations -The child often has a higher IQ scores, more conforming and are more likely to go to college

21 Impact of Birth Order Later born children -Are less concerned about pleasing parents -Are more popular with peers and more innovative Only children -Contrary to myth, are not spoiled or egotistical -Succeed more often in school and have higher levels of IQ, leadership, autonomy and maturity

22 Divorce and Remarriage In the 1990s, 50%of all U.S. children experienced their parents divorce After divorce, children tend to live with mothers Mothers were less affectionate with children in the first months after a divorce Parents are less able to control their children after a divorce 2 years after a divorce, mother were more affectionate and better able to discipline 6 years after divorce, mothers and daughters were closer but mother and sons had greater conflict

23 What Aspects of Children’s Lives are Affected by Divorce? Research show that school achievement, conduct, adjustment, self-concept, and parent- child relations faired poorly compared to children of intact families Adolescents of divorced parents are more likely to become teen parents and to become divorced themselves There is a small but significant increase in emotional problems of adult children of divorced parents

24 Impact of Divorce on Children Development may be affected by loss of a parent role model, economic hardship, and parental conflict Children are more affected during childhood and adolescence than preschool or college age Children who are more emotional may be more negatively impacted by divorce Reward with warmth, support, communication. Parental cooperation and same sex custody are positive in their impact

25 Blended Families More than 2/3 of divorced men and women remarry, resulting in blended families While school age boys benefit from presence of a stepfather, girls do not adjust well to their mother’s remarriage Research on children living with a remarried father is sparse. Usually results in behavior problems, with children less likely to adjust well

26 Parent-Child Relationships Gone Awry: Child Maltreatment Physical abuse -assault leading to physical injuries Sexual abuse -fondling, intercourse, or other sexual behavior Psychological abuse -ridicule, rejection or humiliation Neglect -inadequate food, clothing or medical care

27 Who are the Abusing Parents? Some countries culture does not allow for physical punishment. -countries that allow spanking have a higher rate of maltreatment The stress of poverty and social isolation is correlated with abuse Infants, preschoolers and frequently ill children are more often abused

28 Effects of Abuse on Children -Poor peer relations -Do poorly in school -Adults who were abused as children -more depression and anxiety -more likely to abuse their children

29 Preventing Abuse and Maltreatment -Reducing physical punishment -Social supports for parents -allows for venting and advise -Counseling and parenting skills training

30 Peers Learning Objectives What are the benefits of friendship? What are the important features of groups of children and adolescents? How do these groups influence individuals? Why are some children more popular that others? What are the causes and consequences of being rejected? Why are some children aggressive? Why are other frequent targets of aggression?

31 Friendships By 4-8 years, children single out specific peers as playmates At 8 or 9, children have their first intimate and reciprocal relationships Older children and adolescents emphasize loyalty in friendships By about 14, friendships consist of intimacy and support during stressful periods. Less dependence on family

32 Who are Friends? -Same sexed, similar age, same race or ethnic group -Similar interests, attitudes, recreation pursuits -Children with same sexed and opposite sexed friends tend to be more popular, well adjusted academically successful, and have higher self esteem

33 Quality and Consequences of Friendships Children with good friends -higher self-esteem -less likely to be lonely or depressed -engage in prosocial behavior Girl friends -Rumination -talking about each other’s problems Adults who had good friends as children -experience greater feeling of self-worth

34 Groups Cliques -tend to dress, talk and act alike Crowds -affiliated with others with similar values and attitudes -some have more status and may impact self- esteem -parenting style and involvement may have an impact which crowd children affiliate with

35 Group Structure Often exhibit a dominance hierarchy with a leader and followers Boys -physical power is often the characteristic associated with leadership Girls and older boys -individual traits that relate to the group’s main interest determine leadership

36 Peer Pressure -Irresistible pressure to conform to the group’s norms -most junior high and high school students resist negative peer pressure -most effective when standards are not clear cut -taste in music, clothing, smoking, drinking and drug usage

37 Popularity and Rejection Popular children -liked by classmates Rejected children -disliked by classmates Average children -liked and disliked but without as much intensity Neglected children -ignored by classmates

38 Consequences of Rejection Rejected children are more likely to: -drop out of school -commit juvenile offenses -suffer from psychopathology Parental behavior -imitation by the child of poor social skills and conflict -inconsistent punishment may result in aggressive and antisocial behavior

39 Aggressive Children and Their Victims Instrumental aggression -using aggression to achieve an explicit goal Hostile aggression -unprovoked aggression used to intimidate and harass, seen in elementary school Children’s tendency to behave aggressively is stable over time, especially if seen at a young age, 1 and 2 yo use physical aggression Relational aggression –undermining others social relationships,rumors Electronic bullying

40 Aggressive Children and Their Victims Chronic victims of aggression -10% of elementary school age children and adolescents -children tend to be lonely, anxious, depressed, and dislike school -may be aggressive themselves or tend to be withdrawn and submissive, easily baited, overreact

41 Aggressive Children and Their Victims Victims can be taught to deal with aggression Not respond in kind Not show fear Increase self esteem Help them foster friendships Create a school climate that does not tolerate bullying and supports victims

42 Outcomes of childhood Aggression Half of seriously aggressive 7 yo had committed serious acts of delinquency by age 17 12 times more likely than less aggressive children to be charged for criminal activity Leads to poor adjustment to high school. Failing grades, dropping out, unemployment

43 Television: Boob Tube or Window to the World? Learning Objectives What is the impact of watching television on children’s attitudes and behavior? How does TV viewing influence children’s cognitive development? How truthful are common criticisms of TV?

44 Influence on Attitudes and Social Behavior Important contributor to the socialization of north American children Research show frequent viewing of TV violence increases aggressive behavior 8 year olds that were exposed to large amounts of TV violence had more extensive criminal records as 30 year old. Similar results were found for violent video games

45 Influence on Attitudes and Social Behavior Some shows teach language and reading skills Time watching Sesame Street predicts grades in high school and time adolescents spend reading Teach academic and social skills Such shows are Arthur, Martha Speaks, Super Why!, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Curious George, Sid the Science Kid, The Dinosaur Train teach math and science Electric Company, 3-2-1-Contact, Square One TV help learn academic and social skills

46 Stereotypes Some research suggests that exposure to TV may promote the acceptance of gender, race, and ethnic stereotypes by children Shows on TV do not accurately portray the demographic texture of society. Minorities and women may be under represented and gender roles may be exaggerated Children who are heavy consumers of TV may accept these misrepresentations as reality.

47 Consumer Behavior Preschool children -perceive commercials as a form of entertainment 8 or 9 year old children -understand that commercials are meant to be persuasive -may not always be truthful Children are affected by advertising -most ask parents to buy items seen of TV

48 Guides for Children and TV Viewing Parent should set absolute rules concerning amount of TV to be watched Children should not watch TV out of boredom Adults should watch TV with children and discuss programs Parent should model good TV viewing, avoiding shows that are inappropriate for young viewers

49 Prosocial Behavior Children are more likely to act prosocially after watching brief films in which peers acted prosocially Programs such as Mr. Rogers Neighborhood were found to be effective in encouraging prosocial behavior, particularly in boys While these studies show that TV can promote prosocial behavior, children may not watch the appropriate shows, which are limited in number

50 Influences on Cognition Studies show that shows such as Sesame Street promote more proficiency as recognizing letters, numbers, counting and vocabulary These studies confirm that TV can be a positive influence on these abilities if parents promote good viewing

51 Criticisms of TV Two major criticisms: -TV promotes short attention spans because of high interest segments -TV promotes passive, lazy thinkers who are less creative Findings -No support for TV promoting short attention spans -Mixed findings on TV having negative impact on thinking and creativity

52 Use of Computers Used for school assignments, play games, communicate with peers, social media Amount of harm depends on games played, violent games promote violence Games like Tetris, Star Fox emphasize perceptual- spatial skills 10% of youths become addicted to games – dominates their lives and produces a high much like gambling addiction Online communication(ie facebook) can promote self-disclosure and produce high quality friendships

53 Understanding Others Learning Objectives As children develop, how do their descriptions of others change? How does understanding of other’s thinking change as children develop? When and why do children develop prejudice towards others?

54 Children’s Description of Others Goes through stages, concrete to conceptual Young children use concrete descriptors such as appearance and possessions, and see people more positively than negatively 8-14 yo begin to include psychological traits such as funny or smart 16yo integrate traits and give more complex descriptions such as describing how and when a person is sarcastic

55 Selman’s Theory Children move through stages of development of perspective taking, preoperational children are egocentric, think others think as they do Children at higher stages of cognitive development are at higher levels of perspective taking Children who are more advanced in perspective taking are more well liked by their peers

56 Selman’s Stages of Perspective Taking Undifferentiated age 3-6, Children know that self and others can have different thoughts and feelings Social-informational 4-9yrs, Children know that perspectives differ because people have access to different information, believe people think a certain way because they do not have some information Self-reflective, 7-12-yrs. Children can step into another’s shoes and view themselves as others do; they know that others can do the same

57 Selman’s Stages of Perspective Taking Third-person, 10-15 yrs, Children can step outside the immediate situation to see how they and another person are viewed by a third person Societal, 14 to adult, Adolescents realize that a third-person perspective is influenced by broader personal, social, and cultural contexts. Realize that many would think its silly to watch TV on a sunny day

58 Prejudice When children learn that they belong to a particular group, they learn prejudice ( more of an enhanced view of their group that a negative view of others in preschool and kindergarten) -decreases during elementary school -increases again in adolescence Children tend to view members of groups as more homogenous that they really are Prejudice may be related to social status -the higher the status of the group, the more positive it is viewed -reduced by discussion and role play

59 Prejudice, How to Discourage Encourage friendly contact between different groups Groups must be equal and not in competition with each other Parents and teachers must model and reduce prejudice Have groups work together toward common goals, projects Have children play different roles Educate with stories of racism


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