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ERIC Number: EJ867811
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1060-9393
Monitoring of the Family's Upbringing Potential
Kuchmaeva, O. V.; Maryganova, E. A.; Petriakova, O. L.
Russian Education and Society, v51 n9 p3-14 Sep 2009
The formulation of a vigorous family policy requires that a careful study be made of issues such as the need to raise the perceived value of the family way of life and of parenthood, to strengthen the social norms of marriage and family. These will not be possible without reliable information about how the family performs its function of upbringing. It must be acknowledged that under the changing social conditions of Russian reality, the effectiveness of the family's fulfillment of its upbringing function has declined. There has been an increase in the percentage of incomplete families, with children up to the age of eighteen (23.3 percent); there are increasing numbers of divorces and children born outside a registered marriage (up to 30 percent); the scale of social orphanhood and adolescent deviation has been rising (in particular, neglected minors, adolescent crime, alcoholism, and narcotics abuse). The percentage of juvenile delinquents accounts for 12.4 percent of the total number of those who committed crimes in 2004. The Laboratory for Problems of Family Policy of the State Scientific Research Institute of Family and Upbringing has been carrying out scientific studies in the monitoring of the upbringing potential of the Russian family; it has drawn up scientific methodological recommendations for the implementation of that monitoring program and has created a program and a set of instruments for sociological surveys in that field. On instructions from the Moscow government the sociological survey "The Moscow Family 2006" was conducted in fall 2006. This permitted assessment of the influence of social and demographic processes as well as intrafamily relations as determining factors of the family's upbringing potential, and studied prospects of its development. The findings can serve as scientific substantiation of the priority directions and ways to improve the state's policy in regard to the family and children. In this article, the authors first focus on approaches to the definition of the terms "upbringing" and "the upbringing function of the family" and then analyze the nature of the family's upbringing potential. [This article was translated by Kim Braithwaite.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Russia