ISBN-10:
0415452007
ISBN-13:
9780415452007
Pub. Date:
02/19/2010
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
The Child as Social Person / Edition 1

The Child as Social Person / Edition 1

by Sara Meadows
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ISBN-13: 9780415452007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/19/2010
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Sara Meadows works in the Graduate School of Education of the University of Bristol. As a psychologist she uses the concepts and the methods of developmental psychology as a way of understanding what children are experiencing at home and in their other social settings and the ways in which they grow up as effective social actors. Much of her current research is with the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), also known as the ‘Children of the Nineties’study.

Table of Contents

A note for the reader ix

1 Beginning to look at the development of the child as social person 1

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 Bronfenbrenner's model of Person-environment interaction in development 6

1.3 Evolutionary psychology and socialisation 18

1.4 Genetic influences, the environment, and social development 25

1.5 Sociology's perspectives on the child as social person 40

1.6 Socio-cultural perspectives 43

1.7 Summary 48

2 Beginning with the child 50

2.1 The evolved child: signals, neoteny and the uses of immaturity 50

2.2 Biological bases of systems for personality, emotion regulation and socialisation 51

2.3 Temperament 64

2.4 The self-concept 65

2.5 Emotion, social development and the development of well-being 84

2.6 Children as moral persons 100

2.7 Summary 105

3 Qualities of microsystems 1: Child and parents 106

3.1 Biological foundations of the parent-child microsystem 106

3.2 How parental investment functions for children 111

3.3 Attachment 121

3.4 Focus on parent--child interaction 127

3.5 Socio-economic status and theory of family differences 147

3.6 Cultural and historical differences and parenting 152

3.7 Children's obligations to parents: the example of filial piety 156

3.8 Summary 157

4 Qualities of microsystems 2: Child and other children 159

4.1 Siblings 159

4.2 Peers and the child as social person 170

4.3 Bullying and aggression 182

4.4 Gender 186

4.5 Summary. 205

5 Bigger social systems with child participants 206

5.1 School and the child as social person 206

5.2 Child development and the media 223

5.3 Macrosystems 231

5.4 Religion and the development of children and youth as social persons 233

5.5 Cultural differences and the development of children and youth as social persons 235

5.6 History 239

5.7 Children and political systems 243

5.8 Summary 256

6 Risk and resilience 258

6.1 Children who have suffered from an absence of social support for their development 258

6.2 Antisocial behaviour 264

6.3 Adolescent risk taking 267

6.4 Adolescent alcohol abuse 270

6.5 Helping where social development is going badly 271

6.6 Resilience 274

7 Reflections 288

Bibliography 293

Name index 377

Subject index 386

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