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ERIC Number: EJ824365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0256-2928
The Effect of the Father-Child Relationship on the Social Conduct of 2 1/2 Year Old Children in Preschool
Burgos, Louis
European Journal of Psychology of Education, v18 n2 p135-155 Jun 2003
Our goal is to study the effects of early paternal involvement on a child's socialization. Usually in works concerning the question, we study the father's contribution with questionnaires, we base our evaluation of involvement on the behavior declared by the subject. We have attempted to analyze the affective dimension of this involvement. We have developed a model of the father-child relationship which articulates the affective investment with the father's functions (mediation and sanction). Starting with this model, we analyzed the contents of ten nondirective interviews, then we ranked these ten fathers according to their relationship with their children. We have studied early socialization with the concept of mimesis, more pertinent than that of interaction. The social behavior of ten children was observed in a nursery school class during a period of free time. Their conduct was placed into two categories: behavior directed towards the peer or behavior directed towards conformity to the pupil's social role. In our empirical study, it does not appear that the father has direct influence on behavior directed towards the peer. However it substantiates the idea of a probable positive correlation between the rank of the father and the number of acts of conformity to rules by the child. If this correlation would have been confirmed, we would have here a path to the comprehension of the specific paternal contribution to the child's social development. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure, and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France