The role of gender and social class in parent-child communication

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Lauren Malone Keel Shinn (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Marion O'Brien

Abstract: "This study focuses on the interactions between parents and children, which are anticipated to influence both participants' understanding of gender and social class. Conversations between parents and children were transcribed and coded for 40 dyads, evenly divided by gender and social class. Children were in third grade at the time of data collection. Transcripts of the parent-child interaction were coded for parents' and children's use of assertive and affiliative categories of speech. Parents' assertive and affiliative speech was found to differ based on dyad type. The majority of these differences occurred between opposite-gendered dyads (mother-son versus father-daughter). Additionally, differences in parent speech were found for social class. Few differences in children's speech were found for either dyad or class. These results suggest that when examining gender differences in interaction, it is important to consider the gender composition of the dyad."--Abstract from author supplied metadata.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2005
parents, children, interactions, gender, social class, categories of speech
Communication in the family--Sociological aspects
Communication in the family--Sex differences
Parent and child

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