Research of Socialization and Child Development. Theoretical and Methodological Approach to Socialization



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

Socialization Processes

1. Historical and contemporary perspectives on socialization theory
2. Agents, goals, methods and outcomes of socialization
Biological and cultural perspectives on socialization processes
Socialization in the family

1. family systems approach to socialization

  • the structure and the function of the family
  • the impact of social change on family socialization
  • determinants of family socialization strategies
  • child characteristics
  • challenging transitional periods in development
  • parent characteristics (personal resources, marital quality, parents’ psychological functioning)

The impact of macrosystem on family socialization

  • socioeconomic status
  • culture
  • religion
  • ethnicity

The impact of social and economic changes on family socialization and socialization in institutes revention and intervention.
Methodological and design issues of family socialization and socialization in institutes.

  • Hadjar, A., Baier, D., Boehnke, K. (2008). The socialization of hierarchic self-interest: Value socialization in the family. Young, 16(3), 279–301.
  • McDowell, D. J., & Parke, R. D. (2005). Parental control and affect as predictors of children’s display rule use and social competence with peers. Social Development, 14, 440–457.
  • Parke, R.D. (2004) Development in the family. Annual Review of Psychology, 55, 365-399.
  • Seidl-de-Moura, M. L. et al. (2008). Brazilian mothers’ socialization goals: Intracultural differences in seven Brazilian cities. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 32 (6), 465–472.
  • Simons, L. G., Simons, R. L., Conger R. D., Brody, G. H. (2004). Collective socialization and child conduct problems: A multilevel analysis with an African American sample. Youth Society, 35 (3), 267-292.