Parents and Peers in Social Development: A Sullivan-Piaget Perspective
by James Youniss
University of Chicago Press, 1980
Paper: 978-0-226-96486-7 | Cloth: 978-0-226-96484-3
Library of Congress Classification HQ769.Y59
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.23

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Most studies of social development in children have relied on the assumption that adults' instructions to children pass on knowledge of the rules of behavior which govern and preserve society. In this volume, James Youniss argues that the child's relations with his or her friends and peers make a distinctive and critically important contribution to social development. While the child's relations with parents and other adults provide a sense of order and authority, peer relations are a source of sensitivity, self-understanding, and interpersonal cooperation.

Following a discussion of the views of Harry Stack Sullivan and Jean Piaget, whose theories are synthesized in Youniss's perspective, Youniss presents a wealth of empirical data from studies in which children describe their own views of their two social worlds.

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