Middle Childhood: The Perspectives of Children and Parents

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jan 1, 1998 - Psychology - 188 pages
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The period of childhood which falls between the early years and adolescence is one which many parents perceive as crucial and anxiety-provoking, but is a comparatively neglected area of study. As a child reaches middle childhood, relationships within the family have to be adjusted to accommodate the child's growing independence and sexual development, and his or her attitudes to these changes. While children are less worried about this period of their lives than their parents, they too may suffer from insecurities and have needs that they feel are overlooked or minimised by adults.

This book draws on interviews and group discussions with parents and children of primary-school age, conducted during two qualitative studies. It examines how children perceive their social environs; what they want from their parents; how aware they are of their rights. These are contrasted with their parents' views of the same subjects and different styles of parenting. Children's attitudes to risks such as bullying or taking drugs often diverge startlingly from those of their parents.

In its combination of viewpoints, set against a background of related research, law, policy and practice, this book offers a rich and challenging study of an important period of the child's development.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
6
Introduction
7
The Growing Pains of Middle Childhood
19
The Grownup Pains of Parenthood
35
Whose Life is it Anyway?
54
Safety and Danger
64
Physical Health
74
Inside the
89
Childrens Rights
110
Shared Responsibility
120
Other Research on Middle Childhood
128
Rethinking Middle Childhood
153
REFERENCES
175
SUBJECT INDEX
183
AUTHOR INDEX
187
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Moira Borland, Ann Laybourn, Malcolm Hill and Jane Brown work at the Centre for Child and Society, University of Glasgow.

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