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  1. Define socialization and discuss the importance of the family in socializing young children.
  2. Describe the family systems perspective and the basic principles of family processes identified within it.
  3. Discuss the relationships between the marital system and the parent-child system.
  4. Identify how parents socialize their children during early childhood.
  5. Discuss the dimensions of emotionality and control as they relate to parents' relationships with their children. Identify Baumrind's typology of parenting behaviors and the likely outcomes for children with parents of each type.
  6. Describe how family functioning is related to the number, sex, and spacing of children. Discuss the research relating birth order to parent-child interactions, sibling interactions, and personality characteristics.
  7. Explain how social class and cultural values are related to socialization. Discuss research findings on the relationships between childrearing differences and social class and ethnicity.
  8. Discuss changes in the American family in recent years and the impact of these changes on children.
  9. Cite characteristics often associated with abusive families and their members. Discuss the consequences of child abuse.
  10. Identify recent research on the impact of war on children and families.

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