Authority, disciplinary intimacy & parenting in middle-class America

  title={Authority, disciplinary intimacy \& parenting in middle-class America},
  author={Stephen Lassonde},
  journal={European Journal of Developmental Psychology},
  pages={714 - 732}
  • S. Lassonde
  • Published 13 March 2017
  • Psychology
  • European Journal of Developmental Psychology
Abstract Children learn about authority first from their parents. A shift in orientation to authority occurred during middle-class formation in the mid-nineteenth century U.S., a style of parenting described as ‘disciplinary intimacy.’ A century later disciplinary intimacy, or ‘child-centered’ parenting characterized childrearing advice across American society. Simultaneously, distrust of all institutions in the liberal democratic state accelerated, causing questioning and confusion at every… 
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