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The child as an active agent in conflict situations
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3328-6538
2009 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the current study, 14 eight-year-old children (6 girls, 8 boys) in Sweden were interviewed about parenting. The aim of the study was to examine children’s active roles in and around conflict situations, using Kuczynski’s three criteria about the child: 1) actively creating a meaning about what is happening, 2) intentional acting in the interaction and 3) having an idea about the efficacy of its action. One of the overall goals was to examine the importance of gender in this process. In the interviews, children described how children were active in creating meaning about what was taking place in a conflict situation, their intentional actions and the effects they believed their action had on the situation. The person who decided in different situations varied, even if, according to the child, it was usually parents who had the right to decide and the child’s influence was only marginal. Children had specific opinions about situations creating conflict and how they could influence the direction of the conflict situation. Depending on the source of the conflict, the situation comprised differing courses of events and could, according to the child, be handled with different strategies, with varying degrees of goal orientation. Furthermore, both boys and girls expressed knowledge of gender stereotypes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Trollhättan: Högskolan Väst , 2009. , 32 p.
Series
Research reports / University West, ISSN 1653-459X
Keyword [en]
Children, active agents, conflicts, parenting
Keyword [sv]
Barn, konflikter, föräldraskap, inverkan
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Psychology
Research subject
Social science, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-1617OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-1617DiVA: diva2:232542
Available from: 2009-08-24 Created: 2009-08-24 Last updated: 2014-11-10Bibliographically approved

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