Books about Children and Parenting

    The Nurture Assumption by Judith Rich Harris
Why Children turn out the way they do. Parents matter less than you think and peers matter more

Ms Harris, the editor of a textbook on child psychology for many years, rethinks and looks beneath the conclusions and assumptions in the field of child psychology and in our society as well. She finds that the nurture assumption, the belief that parents have a strong effect upon their children's personality, is so deeply ingrained in our thinking that it biases research and causes us to ignore or gloss over evidence which contradicts the nurture assumption. She points out possible flaws in psychological studies that bias results and presents a good short review of the inherent problems of research studies. Then she begins a extensive re-exploration of the current research, both convincing and fascinating, that children are mostly shaped by their peers and the society around them.

     

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