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ERIC Number: ED435496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 14
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Family Influences on Children's Peer Relationships: Parents' Social Networks and Educational Attitudes.
Krappmann, Lothar; Uhlendorff, Harald
Although children of primary school age increasingly maintain friendships autonomously, they still are influenced by their parents. In particular, parents' behaviors supporting peer activities of their children, parental educational attitudes, and parents' own social relationships are expected to be relevant for children's social integration into a network of friends as well as for children's feelings of loneliness. Data were collected on 109 mother-child dyads and 98 father-child dyads in Berlin, Germany. The children attended second- to fifth-grade classrooms. Findings revealed influences of parents' social relationships on children's peer relationships. Unexpectedly, the higher parents assessed the quality of their marital relationship, the fewer friendships their children reported, suggesting an orientation to the family that excludes others. The number of parents' leisure-time friendships was positively associated with the number of children's friendships. Additionally, the leeway that mothers granted to their children for organizing activities with friends, and parents' knowledge of children's friends were positively related to children's friendships. Mothers' authoritarian educational style predicted children's feelings of loneliness. A model was proposed that combines direct influences of parents' relationships on children's social integration as well as indirect influences that are mediated by parenting. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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