Socialization refers to the process through which an individual learns and acquires skills and character traits that enable them to function effectively within a community. Some key agents of socialization include parents, siblings, friends, peers, teachers, and characters on television or in books.
Socialization can be classified as either intentional (anticipatory socialization) or unintentional. Intentional socialization occurs when the agents of socialization deliberately convey the values and desired behavior to children, followed by either approval or disapproval if there is adherence and no adherence, respectively. For instance, a parent taking their child through toilet training begins with the potty, then progresses to an actual toilet. Another example is table etiquette, such as when parents teach their children how to use cutlery and how to conduct themselves during meal times.
Unintentional socialization, on the other hand, takes place through observation or observation of...
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