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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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BANDEIRA, Tatiana T. A.; MOURA, Maria Lucia Seidl de  and  VIEIRA, Mauro Luís. Mothers' and father's socialization goals for theirs children. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2009, vol.19, n.3, pp. 445-456. ISSN 0104-1282.

parents' expectations regarding their children are part of the socio-cultural context where they grow. In general, studies about this subject focus only mothers' beliefs. This work aims to investigate mothers' and fathers' socialization goals regarding the future of their children, and their beliefs about how to reach those goals. The participants are thirty married couples from Rio de Janeiro with children aged one to three. They have answered open questions adapted from the Socialization Goals Interview developed by R. Harwood and collaborators. The answers were analyzed according to five categories specified in the literature, which represent tendencies of socialization for autonomy, interdependence and relational autonomy. The results indicate that parents value both goals related to autonomy and to interdependence. Besides, they believe that the best way to reach those goals should be through education and the good example of the parents. In general, fathers and mothers have given similar answers. The study brings a contribution to the literature of the area, especially in regard to fathers' beliefs and the comparison with mothers' ideas about socialization of their children.

Keywords : socialization goals; motherhood; fatherhood.

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