Mother and Child Interaction

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The mother and child interaction behavior observed is influenced by the earlier experiences of a mother that can tell the different socialization patterns expected from male to female. The perspective of social-cognitive theory explains the impulse of a mother towards a certain type of interaction style with their kids; an early mirrored image of what they thought was right or wrong for a boy or a girl. The observations and their development on gender roles indicate that kids are socialized by the social expectations and perceptions into their appropriate gender roles (Jessica McNaughton 2000). Parents have this mental blueprint that is believed to be the direct product of their own experiences culturally and environmentally. The differences in gender are instilled upon kids by their parents along with social life of today starting from the day they were born. Block’s assertion stated that due to their own early socialization, parents are not likely to reinforce independence and self assertion in girls. They are more likely to do that with the boys all the while they are encouraging relationship based interactions with the girls (Block 1983, Dunn, Bretherton Munn, 1987) is consistent with the social cognitive perspective. For example, in today’s society the color pink is associated with baby girls. In most parts of the world that color is just too girly for boys and that’s why they don’t wear that color at all. Gender inclinations are seen in a mother to child interaction patterns where there are emotional impressions, feelings that are talked about in a mother-daughter interaction verses the mother-son interaction. In the book, You Just Don’t Understand, Tannen (1990) stated that boys have the tendency to perceive as a hierarchy. Females display very different tendencies. Block (1983), found that females emphasized on interpersonal relationships, human relationships, the ability to be so expressive, a more empathetic gender, and can decipher emotions...
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