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Parental ideas and their role in childrearing: the idea-behavior connection

TitleParental ideas and their role in childrearing: the idea-behavior connection
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMiguel I, Valentim JPires, Carugati F
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Date PublishedOctober 2009
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
Keywordschildrearing, parental behavior, parental idea, socialization

 The relation between parental ideas and actions is an old and troublesome issue in socialization research. Parental ideas are assumed to play an important role as determinants of parental actions and the issue has received increasing attention. In this article, the idea-behavior dilemma is dealt with. In order to help glimpse underlying assumptions and build an accurate understanding of the role that childrearing ideas play in parents’ functioning, a review of several empirical approaches and studies is presented and limitations of current idea-behavior research are highlighted. Throughout the discussion, the complexity of the idea-behavior links is exposed and attention is called to the theoretical and practical importance of research connecting parents’ ideas and their behaviors for understanding, predicting and changing parental behavior. Finally, a perspective for the study of parents’ ideas is presented.