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ERIC Number: EJ785987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0907-5682
"Children Need Their Parents More than a Pizza in the Fridge!": Parental Responsibility in a Finnish Newspaper
Book, Marja Leena; Perala-Littunen, Satu
Childhood: A Global Journal of Child Research, v15 n1 p74-88 2008
The aim of this study is to find constructions of parental responsibility by analysing letters sent by readers to a newspaper on the topic of parenting and parental responsibility. The study takes a methodological approach, focusing on the meanings of responsibility and looking at different portrayals of parenthood. Three dimensions of responsibility (beginning responsibility, diminished sense of responsibility and obligating responsibility) emerged from the analysis. These dimensions relate to different meanings attributed to parental responsibility, for instance, "responsibility for making choices". Parenthood is variously portrayed along the three dimensions. Parental responsibility creates norms for evaluating parents' behaviour. Moreover, responsibility produces and maintains boundaries between adults and children. (Contains 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland