Children's perceptions of families: what do they really think?

RIGG Andrea, PRYOR Jan
Journal article citation:
Children and Society, 21(1), January 2007, pp.17-30.

The perceptions of 111 New Zealand children from different family structures and cultures were examined. Lone-parent families, blended families, extended family, non-residential parents and couples with children were highly endorsed. No great distinctions were made between married and cohabiting couples when the relationship included children. Definitions of family frequently mentioned affective factors. In comparing ethnic groups and family structures some differences were noted, but in general children have many similarities in their family concepts. Comparisons with a recent study of adolescents did not reveal clear-cut developmental sequences in young people's perceptions. Overall, an inclusive and realistic view of families was expressed.

Subject terms:
single parent families, attitudes, black and minority ethnic people, children, families;
Content type:
New Zealand
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