Adolescent Socialization in Cross-Cultural Perspective - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126831801, 9781483261331

Adolescent Socialization in Cross-Cultural Perspective

1st Edition

Planning for Social Change

Authors: Irving Tallman Ramona Marotz-Baden Pablo Pindas
Editors: Peter H. Rossi
eBook ISBN: 9781483261331
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th March 1983
Page Count: 348
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Adolescent Socialization in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Planning for Social Change presents a theory of socialization and explains how the theory was formed, developed, and changed. This book describes a cross-sectional research project that uses innovative research methods for comparing people from vastly different cultures.

Organized into seven chapters, this book begins with an overview of the premise that the better one learns how to solve problems in one's environment, the better one is able to cope with a rapidly changing society as one grows older. This text then proposes that the family provide an initial arena within which the needs of the individual and the rudiments of the social structure are confronted. Other chapters consider the approach to solving the methodological problems posed by attempting to test the theory by means of a cross-national study. The final chapter deals with the results of the cross-national study.

This book is a valuable resource for sociologists.

Table of Contents



1 Socialization in a World of Change

The Dilemma of Preparing for an Unknown Future

From Social Dilemma to Researchable Question

Basic Themes

Developing a Methodology

Basic Issues and Research Questions

2 Socialization, Problem Solving, and Social Structure


Problem Solving: Processes and Outcomes

Social Structure


3 Socialization for Social Change: A Theory of Processes and Outcomes

The Scope of the Theory

The Basic Model

Parents, Their Child, and the Problem-Solving Process

Social Structure, Family Internal Structure, and Problem Solving

The Complete Model

The Social Context of Socialization for Social Change


4 Seeking the Answers


The Research Sites

Planning for Cross-National Research

Instrument Development

Research Design


5 The Findings: Testing the Theory

The Community and the Family

Community Context and Parent-Child Socialization

Community Context and Children's Performance

Adolescent Problem Solving

Testing Alternative Explanations


6 Sex Differences

Sex Differences by Society and Class

Similarities in the Two Societies

Sex Differences and Socialization for Problem Solving


7 From Iron Cage to the Age of Narcissism

Evaluating the Theory

Revising the Theory

Coping Strategies in Mexico and in the United States

The Utility of SIMCAR

Socialization and Social Change in Mexico and in the United States

Appendix 1: Pre-Experimental Interview Schedule

Appendix 2: Job Requirements

Appendix 3: Family Unplanned Event Cards

Appendix 4: Child's Unplanned Event Cards

Appendix 5: Game Instructions and Rules: Mexican Version

Appendix 6: Game Instructions and Rules: United States Version

Appendix 7: Observations of Power and Support

Appendix 8: Score Board

Appendix 9: Post-Experimental Interview


Author Index

Subject Index


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About the Author

Irving Tallman

Ramona Marotz-Baden

Pablo Pindas

About the Editor

Peter H. Rossi

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