The Role of Parents in the Socialization of Children: An Historical Overview.

  title={The Role of Parents in the Socialization of Children: An Historical Overview.},
  author={Eleanor E. Maccoby},
  journal={Developmental Psychology},
  • E. E. Maccoby
  • Published 1 November 1992
  • Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
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