The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 20
Page No. 4801 - 4807

From "Childhood" to "Adulthood": The Factors of Family Financial Position of Children in the Formation of Concepts

Authors : Albina Beschasnaya

Abstract: Childhood is a period of age preceding "adulthood" and having occurred as a result of cultural and historical factors. The transition from childhood to adulthood is not a one-step process; rather, it is formed stepwise. Among many circumstances which determine an individual vision of childhood, nature of weathering age-related crises and transition to adulthood, it is possible to highlight social and economic family status, individual aspects of upbringing and social adjustment of children in a family. In thiss study, the researcher looks at the childhood phenomenon with a child’s eyes as a dichotomy of adulthood in the social and economic context. The researcher made this attempt in a comparative study of childhood and adulthood concepts as viewed by children brought up in families with different levels of material well-being. The researcher carried out a social and psychological research with 6 and 7 years old children by applying a focus group method at one of the research stages. The focus groups showed that children’s judgements of childhood and their vision of adulthood are determined by social and economic well-being of their families. Social and economic conditions as factors of social adjustment are reflected in children’s representations and model their own "life world" at present and in future.

How to cite this article:

Albina Beschasnaya , 2016. From "Childhood" to "Adulthood": The Factors of Family Financial Position of Children in the Formation of Concepts. The Social Sciences, 11: 4801-4807.

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