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Posted June 27, 2013 at 3:31 AM via web

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Agents of socialization include parents, siblings, extended family, community, culture, economic environment, religion, child care, school, teachers, peers, formal organizations, sports, mass media, and technology. In an ideal world, these agents would complement one another in order to best influence a child's development. Choose two of the above agents and discuss how these agents can have both a positive and negative influence on a child's development.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 27, 2013 at 4:02 AM (Answer #1)

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You are correct in saying there are many agents of socialization in a child's life. Moreover, each of these agents can play a positive or negative role. 

Parents, if they are loving, can instill in children confidence, security, and the ability to be good citizens with noble values. However, if parents are abusive, they can create children who are dysfunctional.

Religion is another agent of socialisation that can have both positive and negative effects in a child's life. For example, if a child grows up in a healthy church that preaches and practices love and forgiveness, this can benefit a child's life. But if there is hypocrisy and hatred, things will be very different. 

As you can see, agents of socialization can have a profound influence in a child's life. 

 

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