Issues and Challenges in Studying Parental Control: Toward a New Conceptualization

Issues and Challenges in Studying Parental Control: Toward a New Conceptualization Abstract— Although investigators have long considered parents’ exertion of control over children as a central part of the socialization process, the study of control has been marked by conceptual and empirical confusion. This article outlines some of the history of the construct of control in the context of parenting, delineating the development of the contemporary approach that distinguishes among multiple forms of control. It proposes a refinement of this approach such that only parenting characterized by pressure, intrusion, and domination should be considered control, whereas parenting frequently labeled control but characterized mainly by guidance should be considered structure. This article highlights the benefits of distinguishing between these two dimensions of parenting rather than multiple forms of control. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Child Development Perspectives Wiley

Issues and Challenges in Studying Parental Control: Toward a New Conceptualization

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Wiley
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"Copyright © 2009 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company"
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1750-8592
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1750-8606
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10.1111/j.1750-8606.2009.00099.x
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Abstract

Abstract— Although investigators have long considered parents’ exertion of control over children as a central part of the socialization process, the study of control has been marked by conceptual and empirical confusion. This article outlines some of the history of the construct of control in the context of parenting, delineating the development of the contemporary approach that distinguishes among multiple forms of control. It proposes a refinement of this approach such that only parenting characterized by pressure, intrusion, and domination should be considered control, whereas parenting frequently labeled control but characterized mainly by guidance should be considered structure. This article highlights the benefits of distinguishing between these two dimensions of parenting rather than multiple forms of control.

Journal

Child Development PerspectivesWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2009

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