Socioeconomic Status, Parenting, and Child Development

By Marc H. Bornstein; Robert H. Bradley | Go to book overview

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Socioeconomic Status
in Children's Development
and Family Environment:
Infancy Through
Adolescence
Allen W. Gottfried
California State University, Fullerton
Adele E. Gottfried
California State Uniuersity, Northridge
Kay Bathurst, Diana Wright Guerin,
and Makeba M. Parramore
California State Uniuersity, Fullerton

INTRODUCTION

The concept of socioeconomic status (SES) has had a central and longstanding role in the social sciences. In addition to the study of class differences in social status per se, SES has served as a predictor, outcome, or control variable. Furthermore, it is often utilized to designate characteristics of samples being investigated. In developmental psychology, it has also served as a global index or appraisal of the environmental context in which children are reared. This chapter addresses the following issues: (1) nature of the relations among SES factors in a cohort of families studied longitudinally across an interval of almost two decades; (2) pervasiveness of SES to various domains of children's psychological functioning; and (3) relations between SES and children's family environment.

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