Ethno Theories In Children

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Parental ethno theories are shared beliefs about child development and the socialization practices. Parental ethno theories are cultural models that parents hold about the children, families & themselves as parents. The term "cultural model," is drawn from Cognitive Anthropology. It indicates an organized set of ideas that are shared by members of a cultural group. According to Sara Harkness and Charles M super, parental ethno theories shows how to become a competent adult in any specific environment. Thus parental ethno theories link socialization practices with cultural values. Parental-ethno theories also generate child rearing practices that in turn create the cultural adults. This cultural adult in turn participates in the socialization …show more content…
This approach is a further elaboration of the “Development Niche”, which is a theoretical framework for understanding the cultural regulation of a child’s micro-environment. The development niche is further conceptualized in three …show more content…
Thus we can say that parental ethno theories are embedded in our everyday life. Today lives of the parents in rearing their children, in different cultural driven ways no matter to which community or group do they belong. Ethno theories themselves provide a vague structure within which parents practice their ways of rearing their children. We can also propose that many functions of child rearing themselves can translate the parental thinking into actions which do carry developmental consequences too.
Apart from this it’s also important to know what child rearing styles are. Child-rearing styles are combinations of parenting behaviors that occur over a wide range of situations, creating an enduring child-rearing climate. Child rearing styles also reveal three features that differentiate between the effective styles and less effective styles which are:

• Acceptance of the child and involvement in the child’s life, which establishes an emotional connection with the child.
• Control of the child which promotes more mature

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