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The Construct of Rules in Middle Childhood: How Rules are Negotiated and the Process of Leeway

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dc.contributor.advisor Kuczynski, Leon Robson, Jane 2012-09-07T14:41:31Z 2012-09-07T14:41:31Z 2012-09 2012-08-30 2012-09-07
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an investigation of rules which are historically conceptualized as static and unidirectional constructs strictly enforced by parents. This behavioural perspective is focused on parents as active agents and children immediately obey parental requests (Patterson, 1982). In contrast, a developmental perspective was used in this study in which rules are flexible and coconstructed by parents and children (Parkin & Kuczynski, 2012). Forty families participated in open-ended interviews; each family had one child between the ages of eight and thirteen. A thematic analysis was conducted and results suggested that rules were constructed by a bidirectional process in which parents and children were active agents. Parents most commonly perceived the rules to be flexible, coregulated and inherent - few parents described firm and explicit rules. Rules were developed by negotiation, based on the child’s development and by accommodating external influences. Leeway was an inherent, expected component of parent-child interactions en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject leeway en_US
dc.subject rules en_US
dc.subject negotiation en_US
dc.subject bidirectional en_US
dc.subject parent-child interactions en_US
dc.subject middle childhood en_US
dc.title The Construct of Rules in Middle Childhood: How Rules are Negotiated and the Process of Leeway en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
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