ERIC Number: ED288362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Language and Psychological Development.
Gleason, Jean Berko
Input language may have an effect on child development that goes far beyond language development alone. Language is the medium by which children acquire at least a portion of their sex role and social class or group characteristics, world view, and emotional and psychological well-being. Existing theories of psychological development ignore language, attempting to correlate parent behaviors and child outcomes without taking advantage of the substantial research on parent-child linguistic interactions. While developmental psychologists recognize that internalization of parental characteristics through identification is a broad and pervasive aspect of the young child's personality development, it is treated as a magical process in the literature of child development, ignoring language directed at the child as a likely vehicle for transmission of the parents' orientation and value system. Several decades of data on parent-child interaction gathered by linguists can and should be used to illustrate the role that language plays in child development. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, Volume 26; see FL 017 001.