Social Status and Child Development

944 WordsFeb 18, 20184 Pages
Sociologists have increasingly become very concerned with the way families shape children’s development and overall well-being. Children’s behavior problems, in particular, are an important aspect of child development, and may be implicated in later adult outcomes. For example, life course research finds that early child tempers may lead to later problems in life, such as downward occupational, work lives, and divorce and separation. Research in child psychology has emphasized the importance of parenting styles on the well-being and control of children. Both child development and parent-child interactions are conditioned by social structure. This includes both the family’s internal closure as well as the family’s ties to other institutions. The lack of internal closure, reflected in single-motherhood, and parents working outside the home may impede parent-child interactions and increases problem behavior. Families that are embedded in society have greater resources to invest in children, resulting in quality interactions and no problematic behavior. In other words, families that are isolated from the labor market, by welfare will have fewer social and material resources to invest in their children. The result will be weaker parent-child bonds and greater behavior problems exhibited by the children. Many life courses have been done and concluded many things for example; first, life-course and child-development perspectives emphasize the importance of the timing of mother’s
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