Integrating different perspectives on socialization theory and research: A domain-specific approach

Joan E. Grusec*, Maayan Davidov

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Abstract

There are several different theoretical and research approaches to the study of socialization, characterized by frequently competing basic tenets and apparently contradictory evidence. As a way of integrating approaches and understanding discrepancies, it is proposed that socialization processes be viewed from a domain perspective, with each domain characterized by a particular form of social interaction between the object and agent of socialization and by specific socialization mechanisms and outcomes. It is argued that this approach requires researchers to identify the domain of social interaction they are investigating, to understand that phenotypically similar behaviors may belong to different domains, and to acknowledge that caregivers who are effective in one type of interaction may not be effective in another.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)687-709
Number of pages23
JournalChild Development
Volume81
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2010

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