Parenting in infancy and early childhood a focus on gender socialization

Ashley Smith Leavell, Catherine S. Tamis-Lemonda

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Vygotsky’s sociocultural theories of development ignited interest in the role of parents in young children’s learning and development (e.g., Rogoff, 2003). Vygotsky’s writings diverged from those of Piaget (1932, 1952) by shifting focus from intra-psychological processes of learning and development to interpersonal processes. This sociocultural revolution was also echoed in the writings of Bruner (1991, 1992), Wertsch (1991), and Luria (1976), who commonly highlighted the importance of social and cultural contexts in the co-construction of knowledge. However, much developmental research from this sociocultural tradition has focused on dyadic interactions-most notably young children’s interactions with their mothers (and in rare instances, fathers). Children’s early development is the product of multiple converging forces within the larger family system, and even though direct interactions between parents and children are a powerful force in early development, indirect influences should also be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Family Theories
Subtitle of host publicationA Content-Based Approach
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781135118754
ISBN (Print)9780415879453
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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