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Pathways to PeaceThe Transformative Power of Children and Families$
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James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick, and Rima Salah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027984

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027984.001.0001

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Framing Our Analysis

Framing Our Analysis

A Dialectical Perspective

(p.19) 2 Framing Our Analysis
Pathways to Peace

Robert A. Hinde

Joan Stevenson-Hinde

The MIT Press

This chapter presents a framework to examine dialectical relations between successive levels of analysis. This framework is a dynamic process, with bidirectional influences and continuous change over time, and is particularly relevant to child rearing, where parental adaptation to change is essential. Attachment theory and research indicate how early parent-child interactions lead to the development of an attachment bond, and how the quality of this attachment lays a foundation for the childY’s socioemotional development. Viewing behavior within the context of our common evolutionary past leads to the assumption of two basic propensities: selfish assertiveness, which primarily benefits the actor, and prosociality, which benefits others. These propensities remain with us today and suggest the need to provide contexts that promote more prosociality and less selfish assertiveness, both within our own groups as well as toward other groups. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   child rearing, attachment, nurturing, self assertiveness, prosociality

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