Development Of The Psychosocial Concept Of Socialization

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Overcoming Parentification as an Aspect of Negative Socialization Many factors may contribute to the development of the psychosocial concept of socialization. Socialization is the process by which an individual learns to adapt to their own social environment. This concept of socialization also closely relates to the ways in which we handle and behave in social encounters with others. It also plays a vital role in one’s own developing image of self. The socialization process is a natural and often subconscious progression that begins to take effect on a child initially at birth, and aspects of socialization continue to influence that child into their adult existence. One may argue that socialization is most detrimental early into the lifespan when the child is in the home setting with the primary caregiver, often times this parental figure is not consciously aware of their vital role in the child’s developing social processes. As the child grows, other factors influence their social development such as peers, cultural norms, gender norms, and ideas about morals and ethics. When one examines certain criteria of the socialization process to include aspects of parenting and attachment styles, facets of cognitive development and psychosocial development, one may note how these collective experiences along with one’s ability to assimilate and accommodate can influence and facilitate either a positive or negative socialization experience. The manner in which individuals (at any
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