Discipline Styles of Urban-Guyanese Parents An Empirical Cross-Sectional Analysis

Wilson, Colwick M.; Wilson, Leon C.
September 1999
International Journal of Sociology of the Family;Autumn99, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p1
Academic Journal
Several theoretical perspectives usually inform the explanations of discipline. Among the more important arc the psychoanalytical, role and symbolic interaction theories, learning, sociological, ethological and developmental perspectives. The psychoanalytic viewpoint suggests that biological and unconscious forces regulate the interaction between parent and child. These forces are rooted in the childhood experiences of the parent and find expression during the adult years as part of the parent!child interaction. Role theorists posit that social institutions are defined by roles into which individuals are fitted. Family roles of father, mother, sister, brother exist prior to the interpretation and negotiation of role participants. Contrasting role theory is symbolic interactionism which suggests that roles unfold in a naturalistic environment in which meaning is constantly created by participants. Discipline styles therefore, reflect the individual's perspective, as parents and children interact within the framework of their respective roles and creatively interpret the responsibilities associated with the parent-child interaction. Learning theory emphasizes the individual's response to stimuli and mental and psychological processes.


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