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ERIC Number: ED361077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 25
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Parental Support and Children's Social Integration.
Weiss, Karin; Krappmann, Lothar
This study investigated the impact of different types of parental support on children's social integration in peer relationships in middle childhood. Subjects were 116 second- through fifth-grade children from an inner-city primary school in Berlin (West), who were interviewed about their friends. Sociometric tests were also conducted. The parents of these children were interviewed separately at home about their support behaviors and other behaviors relevant for their child's peer interactions and relationships. Results indicated that although mothers' and fathers' support behaviors were correlated, the impact of mothers' and fathers' behaviors on the child's relationships varied with the child's gender. Multiple regression analyses showed that daughters' and sons' social integration could be predicted by mothers' and fathers' support behaviors, especially the behaviors categorized as "shaping of conditions" (behaviors that express concern and facilitate their child's peer interactions). Mediation (defined as immediate involvement in the child's peer interactions) and consultation (defined as coaching and counseling of the child) were less beneficial or were counterproductive to the child's social integration. The results suggest that certain parental behaviors may be elicited by the child's position among peers. (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany (Berlin)