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ERIC Number: ED114159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 20
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Privacy in the Home: A Developmental and Situational Analysis.
Sawin, Douglas B.; And Others
This report presents descriptive data on developmental and situational factors related to children's use of privacy rules and privacy makers in their homes. Subjects were 112 children ranging in age from 2 to 17 years from 48 middle-class families. Data related to the use and regulation of bedrooms and bathrooms by specified family members was obtained by questionnaires and analyzed. Results show privacy to be a developmental variable, different for boys and girls and for situations involving different activities. The socialization of girls' privacy habits in regard to their fathers begins quite early, and socialization of boys' privacy habits occurs later and is less specific to the sex of their parent. Different rates of maturation may also play a role. As privacy behaviors increase with age, they become more discriminating in terms of the type of personal activity involved. These developmental patterns are viewed as a function of the on-going socialization of children's privacy habits, the emergence of the more obvious secondary sex characteristics, and children's increasing awareness of other persons' awareness of them. Other factors found to be determinants of children's privacy were: size of the home, family density (family size within home size), and (3) maternal child rearing attitudes. (Author/BRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 10-13, 1975)