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Younger, Adler, Vasta/Child Psychology: A Canadian Perspective, Third Edition Chapter 15 Families and Peers
Applications – For Reflection & Discussion
The Ricci family consists of a mother, father and two sons who are two years apart in
age. The mother and father generally agree on how to rear their children, setting firm
and consistent limits, and when punishment is necessary they try to explain why what
the child has done is wrong. The two boys fight on occasion, but generally help each
other with homework and problems with peers. The parents carefully monitor the
programs the boys watch, and they are only allowed to play video games or use the
computer with supervision.
The Novarro family consists of parents who were both previously married, and who both
brought children into the household. They tend to want to be their children’s friends, and
do not want to deprive them of anything because they want to be viewed as the ‘good’
parent. They do not believe in setting too many limits. The siblings fight a lot, as they
believe the parents have favourites. Each child has a television set in his or her room,
and they are free to watch whatever they want or to play any video game.
1. Classify each style of parenting and discuss the benefits and drawbacks if any, of
each style.
Alex doesn’t have any friends, sits by himself at lunch and at recess, and when
someone tries to talk to him he stares at his shoes and wishes he could say the right
Bruce also doesn’t have any friends, but he tries to force his way into groups of children
who are playing. When they don’t let him play with them he yells at them, threatens
them, and waves his fist at them. He has been in two fights this year.
1. Using the rejected child, neglected child, and controversial child system, classify
each child.
2. What long-term effects are likely if no one intervenes with these children/?
3. What types of interventions, if any, would you suggest?
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