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ERIC Number: ED473208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 340
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-89789-789-7
Raising Young Children in an Alaskan Inupiaq Village: The Family, Cultural, and Village Environment of Rearing.
Sprott, Julie Winkler
Drawing on the developmental niche framework of Super and Harkness, this book examines child rearing in an Inupiaq (Eskimo) village in northwest Alaska. Approximately 2 years of fieldwork was carried out in Noorvik, a remote village in the Northwest Arctic Borough. The study involved 22 parents of young children and 22 extended family members in 16 core families; interviews with Elders were critical in assessing cultural changes in child rearing over time. Chapters cover: (1) introduction to the developmental niche model, quantitative and interpretive methods used, and sample characteristics; (2) customs of child rearing (concepts of developmental stages, naming practices, terms of endearment and "nuniaq-ing," care in infancy); (3) kinship (adoptions and fosterage, rank order of kin status, couples' relationships, expectations for kin roles); (4) caregiving activities by parents, older siblings, other adults in the home, and adult kin in other households; (5) parents' and caregivers' ideas about child temperament and developmental goals for the child; (6) parents' and caregivers' responses to various types of child misbehavior; (7) description of the home environment and material possessions; (8) child health, nutrition, and eating habits; (9) comparison of past and present child rearing practices; (10) caregivers' hopes for the children's future; and (11) summary of findings, implications for child well-being, and prospects for cultural survival of a distinctive rearing style. (Contains approximately 270 references, chapter notes, an index, and photographs.) (SV)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska